Madrid, 23rd October, 2015 (WAM) – Spain has broken yet another tourism record after receiving 54.4 million international visitors up until September of this year, according to a new survey released by the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.

The new figure is 3.8% higher than calculations taken at the end of September 2014 for the same nine-month period.

Last month, Spain broke its all-time record for the number of foreign tourist arrivals up to August when it registered 47.2 million visits – a 4.1% rise from the first eight months of 2014.

The latest figures from the ministry’s Tourism Border Movements Survey (Frontur) show that once again most visitors came from Britain, Germany and France – which together make up more than half of all tourists entering the country.

In all, Spain received two million more tourists than in 2014 over the same nine-month period, Frontur said.

The Madrid region showed the biggest improvement in the survey with an 11% increase in visitors.

Catalonia remains the preferred destination of most foreign tourists with almost 14 million arrivals – 3.2% more than last year.

The Balearics ranks second with more than 10 million foreigners landing on the islands – a 2.5% rise from 2014.