Europe Spain tourism having another record-breaking year By Associated Press / July 31, 2017 Share 1 The coastal Spanish city of Barcelona. Photo Credit: Gusev Mikhail Evgenievich/Shutterstock -- MADRID (AP) -- Spain continues to break tourism records, with the number of visitors up 12% in the first six months of the year. Spain has broken its own tourist number records each year for the past four years as economic and security concerns elsewhere lure visitors away from rival Mediterranean destinations.The National Statistics Institute said Monday that 36.3 million tourists arrived January through June. Most -- 8.6 million -- came from Britain, an increase of 9.1% over the same period last year. German visitors were in second place, up 10% at 5.5 million.The government said 75.3 million tourists arrived in Spain in 2016.Tourism represents some 11% of Spain's $1.3 trillion gross domestic product.___Correction: Spain's GDP is $1.3 trillion. A previous version of this report incorrectly said GDP was $1.2 billion.