Seville has traditionally always been a destination for Spanish tourists, but this trend has recently undergone an important evolution. By 2013, the Hotel Occupancy Survey carried out by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) revealed that the economic crisis had effected a substantial change in Seville’s tourism trends: in that year, more foreign tourists visited the city than Spanish tourists.
From then on, tourism figures for the capital of Andalucia have only increased. 2015 was a record year: Seville managed to end the year with more than 2.3 million visitors having stayed in the city, 11% more than in 2014. This result was largely due to the growing international market, which showed a 12% growth from the preceding year. Most of Seville’s visitors are still from France (171,477 visitors in 2015) followed by Americans (135,658) and Italians (134,029).