Tourist numbers have risen yet again, despite political instability in CataloniaJosep LAGO / AFP It's taken only 11 months for the Spanish international tourism sector to register its best figures yet with 77.8 million foreign visitors, up from 75.6 million in the whole of 2016. Tourism really is the industry that keeps on giving in Spain. According to a study by Frontur, the tourism branch of the country’s National Institute of Statistics, figures from January to November 2017 stand at 77.8 million foreign visitors and that number is likely to rise above 80 million by the time the year is over. That estimate represents a growth of 5 million tourists since 2016. Bearing in mind that Catalonia’s tourism activity slumped by around 15 percent as a result of the region’s political instability in October and by 2.3 percent in November, the figures are extremely encouraging. Especially when considering that Catalonia received a quarter of all foreign visitor..