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TURISMO ESPAÑOL

  • Issue date: 02/01/2012
  • Printing Process: Offset
  • Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 mm. (horizontal)
  • Sheet effects: 25
  • Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa B (1 sello = carta normalizada hasta 20 gr. Internacional Europa)
  • Print run: Ilimitada

Data from the World Tourism Organisation show that Spain is one of the main recipients of foreign tourists with over 50 million visitors annually. Thousands of miles of sandy beaches, our artistic and cultural wealth, the varied cuisine and a sunny climate which in many regions exceeds 300 days of sunshine a year, are amongst the attractions that result in the arrival of millions of tourists from all over the world.

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It was in the 1960's when tourism took off in Spain following the traditional model of sunshine and beaches. The Costa Brava, the Costa del Sol and the Balearic and Canary Islands were the ultimate destination for thousands of people, mainly Europeans, seeking new places for leisure and rest. The coastal physiognomy began its transformation with the construction of a large hotel infrastructure that was lacking.

Years later new forms of tourism were introduced orientated to promoting sporting activities in rural areas, in the mountains and the coast and the encouragement of mainland and island tourism for older people resulting in a high level of hotel occupancy. Cultural tourism has lately become one of the most appealing elements of attraction due to the varied and rich artistic heritage of Spain, one of the countries with the largest number of sites declared World Heritage. The range of possibilities includes the vast diversity of landscapes and natural areas in the country, which sums up to the idea of quality tourism promoted in recent years.

Currently, tourism is one of the main pillars of Spanish economy, creating jobs in many different areas.

The stamp design of simple lines and colourful features depicts a sun radiating brightness and standing out amidst the blue waters of the Spanish coastline.

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