A global report published every two years by the World Economic Forum has once again placed Spain at the top of the list of the most competitive travel destinations.
The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019 ranks economies and measures the set of factors and policies that make 140 different countries attractive to the visitor.
The publishers of the report are also organisers of the high-profile annual economics conference in the Swiss resort of Davos. They state: "Spain's popularity is bolstered by a world-class ranking in natural and cultural resources - from its vibrant cities to sunny beaches, and a diverse cultural programme that spans medieval festivals to contemporary art."
The country also took top spot in 2017 and has been rated highest since 2015. Spain had an average points score of 5.4, well above the 3.8 global average. In second place was France, followed by Germany, Japan and the United States. The UK has dropped to sixth place in this year's survey.
The acting minister for Industry, Business and Tourism, Reyes Montoro, said, "This distinction recognises the strength of Spain as a tourist destination and the work of all the public authorities and, above all, the business community, the tourism operators and workers in a key sector for the Spanish economy." She added, "This international recognition shows that we are going in the right direction."
The report explains that Spain has the best mix of cultural and heritage attractions in the world as well as a recent increase in protected natural areas.
The investment made in roads, railways and airports is also recognised and respondents, who include business leaders and influencers from the travel and tourism trade, also highlight the secure environment.