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Why Spain?

need Tourist Office of (Spain Spain presents CSPANA WHY SPAIN? Facts and Experience 58 MILLION VISITORS TA LEADING BUSINESS TRAVEL DESTINATION Spain received nearly 58 million overnight visitors last 2012 ICCA Rankings for International Meetings Destinations (n° of meetings hosted last year) year, 2012. 4TH MOST VISITED 3RD COUNTRY WORLDWIDE 550 Spain is the fourth most-visited country in the world in overall tourism figures. INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS Future prospects points Spain as the first world destination in 2015 (PwC) Among the top 10 cities worldwide for hosting meetings are: I 53 SITES, 13 CITIES WORLD HERITAGE WELTERNE #4 MADRID #5 BARCELONA Spain is the country with REPEAT VISITORS 2nd most sites and the most cities declared Tourists from all over the World Heritage by world, like the experience and UNESCO. return. 63% tourists have PATRIMOIN been in Spain up to 4 times. I POPULAR DESTINATION FOR AMERICANS 1.3mil 14 days In 2012 almost 1,300,000 US citizens visited Spain, Once Americans take the Year by year, the American tourists stay step to go overseas to Spain, number of American longer than almost they love their experience so tourists who visit Spain a 9 points growth anyone else, with an much that they repeat it. grows. compared to 2011. average stay of 14 days. Most Visited Regions # 1 Cataluña 14,447,814 tourists #6 Madrid 4,494,486 tourists #5 Valencia Region 5,346,717 tourists # 2 Balearic Islands 10,442,837 tourists Andalucía 7,586,671 tourists # 3 Canary Islands 10,143,135 tourists Top Visited Landmarks Sagrada Familia Barcelona 3.31 million visitors 3.23 million visitors 2.82 million visitors in 2012 Alhambra Palace Granada El Prado Museum Madrid in 2012 in 2012 Spain Unique Advantages Spain stands out for the quality on its service, its gastronomy, infrastructures and its accommodations. ACCOMMODATIONS CLIMATE boutique accommodations WIDE RANGE OF HOTELS Internationally renowned hotel chains CHOTEL 16,000 90 World-class quality Parador hotels hotels in Spain MEDITERRANEAN WEATHER warm summers, mild winters PARADORES AN UNFORGETTABLE STAY These unique hotels are much more than a place to sleep. They are the region's history and tradition. These places are former castles, 16th- 3000 HOURS century monasteries, royal manor houses and fortresses, all equipped with modern facilities. the amount of time you www.parador.es could spend in the sun in Spain each year 70°F average annual temperature of the Canary Islands Alcalá Henares Ubeda Jaen Baione Vigo Calahorra Rioje TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAYS AIRPORTS AVE - HIGH SPEED TRAIN First rate highways Easy access to the world with more than 30 Affordable prices and quick infrastructure with 9,940 miles of highways travel with the largest international airports. high-speed rail in Europe FLYING TO SPAIN The capital is connected by air to the main European and American cities. In fact, it is the main European air hub for Latin America. MADRID BARAJAS AIRPORT 70 million Two hour flight Seven hour flight passengers capacity per year from Madrid to from Madrid to Berlin, London, Paris or Rome. New York, Mexico Terminal 4 voted 2h 7h City or Caracas. 3rd favorite worldwide terminal TRAVELING FROM THE U.S. AIRLINES WITH DIRECT SERVICE TO SPAIN You can travel Boston AirEuropa AIR directly to Spain from these US Newark Philadelphia Chicago cities New York City Washington Dc IBERIA DELTA Los Angeles Atlanta AmericanAirlines SAIRMAVS MAIN AIRPORTS Barajas, Madrid El Prat, Barcelona Miami "AVE" HIGH SPEED TRAIN Travel to and from the main cities in Spain in very short times. AVE has become a technological benchmark with a remarkable international prestige. This transportation model focuses on innovation and has been exported to other countries and markets, boosting Spain as a world leader in rail infrastructures. enfe AVE AVE MAIN ROUTES 2h30 6h30 6h Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Madrid Málaga Sevilla Barcelona Sevilla Málaga Valencia Valladolid Barcelona Barcelona A flexible train pass created for non-residents in Spain to discover Spain and travel all around the country renfe RENFE SPAIN PASS More information at www.renfe.es Cultural Highlights MONUMENTS Spain's architectural and artistic heritage is one of the most important in the world. Don't Miss It -The Alhambra in Granada -The Great Mosque in Cordoba -The Aqueduct in Segovia -Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Cathedral -The Altamira caves -Mudejar architecture MUSEUMS There here are over 1,400 museums in Spain. Don't Miss It! No visitor can afford to miss a visit to the Prado and Reina museums, home to one of the most important art collections in the world. ARCHITECTURE Famous architects such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Rafael Moneo have chosen Spain to build their latest works. Don't Miss It! Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Bilbao The Reina Sofía Art Centre, Madrid City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia Explore the streets of cities such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia Living the Gastronomic Experience How does Spain taste? CULTURAL HERITAGE DESIGNATION The Mediterranean diet which is Each region has its own cuisine, which makes Spain a country full of different kinds of products, the basis of Spanish food, was awarded a Cultural Heritage designation by the UNESCO. recipes and food, the most representative being wine, olive oil, paella and Iberian cured ham. Foodies Paradise 250,000 10% 400,000 Spain has over 250.000 restaurants. The gastronomic tourism The food and agriculture sector in Spain represents 7.6% of GDP and employs more than 400,000 people. represents 10% of the 58 million tourists who visited our country last year. International Acclaim EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA 145 Michelin-Star Restaurants Best restaurant in the world Restaurant Magazine 7 restaurants with 3 Michelin Stars: Restaurante Quique Dacosta (El Poblet) MUGARITZ AND ARZAK Restaurante Azurmendi Top World's 10 Best Restaurants Restaurante Arzak Restaurante Martín Berasategui FERRÁN ADRIÀ Restaurante Akelarre Best chef in the world Restaurante Sant Pau Restaurante El Celler de Can Roca The Importance of Wine Spain is the third largest producer in the world. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WINE ROUTES La Rioja wines Rías Baixas (Galicia), fruity whites Navarra wines Ciudad Real, Manchego wines El Penedés, wines, cavas Córdoba, speciality wines Somontano (Huesca), wine varieties Murcia, Jumilla wines Main Popular Fiestas CARNIVAL FIESTAS FEB WHERE Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Cádiz | TIME FRAME 4 days, Sat-Tues WHAT TO EXPECT Look for visually and musically fun stage performances, skits, parodies, parades/floats, choirs and thousands of costumed people. LAS FALLAS WHERE Valencia I TIME FRAME 5 days, March 15-19 MAR WHAT TO EXPECT Monumental, yet transitory cardboard statues are carefully built over the course of months, to then be devoured by fire in a unique spectacle on the night of the 19th known as the Cremà. HOLY WEEK WHERE Throughout Spain, esp. Seville I TIME FRAME Week leading up to Easter WHAT TO EXPECT Seville's Holy Week is one considered of international tourist interest. Some 50,000 people put on traditional robes to parade in the 58 APR organized processions throughout the week. FERIA DE ABRIL (APRIL FAIR). WHERE Seville I TIME FRAME One week, Mon-Sun WHAT TO EXPECT As one of the most international and popular Seville fiestas, expect to see more than a thousand "casetas" or tents installed. People come together to have fun until the early hours of the morning. MAY MOORS AND CHRISTIANS FESTIVALS WHERE Alcoy, Alicante | TIME FRAME April 23 WHAT TO EXPECT History, legend and spectacle coming together in a celebration full of sparkle and fantasy to commemorate events from the 13th century. JUN BONFIRES OF SAN JUAN WHERE Alicante I TIME FRAME June 24 WHAT TO EXPECT Alicante celebrates the coming of summer with a spectacular display of music, color and fireworks in this fiesta which pays tribute to fire. SAN FERMINES JUL WHERE Pamplona, Navarra I TIME FRAME July 6-14 WHAT TO EXPECT A world-famous festival immortalized by Ernest Hemingway The running of the bulls is the main attraction in this celebration that turns Pamplona into one non-stop fiesta. LA TOMATINA WHERE Bunol I TIME FRAME Last Wed in August, starting at 9am AUG WHAT TO EXPECT A mass tomato battle dating back to a fight amongst children in 1945. Expect laughter, fun and hurling tomatoes until everything is red. UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2014 Madrid, Gay Tourist Destination August 30-September 14, 2014, World Championships of Basketball SOURCES FOLLOW US FOR MORE INFORMATION www.spain.info Visit our official site | www.spain.info SpaininUSA www.parador.es CONTACT US www.renfe.es @SpaininUSA chicago@tourspain.es www.iet.tourspain.es www.iccaworld.com DESIGN BY i-meet.com/spain ESPAÑ Karissa Lam HERITAGE

Why Spain?

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A guide to travelling abroad in Spain as well as facts and data about Spainish tourism in general.

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