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Fears of terrorism not keeping tourists away -- travel to Spain up 12 percent

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN.  Children pose for a photograph as they visit the Royal palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, July 29, 2016. The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks is thought to have driven foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. Children pose for a photograph as they visit the Royal palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, July 29, 2016. The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks is thought to have driven foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks continued to drive foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations.

Spain's National Statistics Institute said Friday that some 33 million tourists arrived between January and June.

Britons continued to top the list at eight million, up 17 percent. The figure for Germans, at 5 million, was up 7 percent while French visitors increased 8 percent to 4.6 million.

Spain, Europe's most popular destination after France, hosted a record 68.1 million tourists in 2015, almost 5 percent higher than the previous year.

Tourism represents some 11 percent of the Spanish economy.

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