The world’s most beautiful city is the destination that the tourists go to for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking beaches, according to a guide to its tourist attractions.
The International Tourism Board (ITB) said the world’s third-biggest city has an annual tourist revenue of €1.6bn ($1.9bn) and has a population of around 10.5 million people.
“The City of Light has long been recognized as the world-class tourism destination, and this has helped it remain at the forefront of European tourism,” said ITB head of Europe and Central Asia David Lattimer.
The city’s tourism is estimated to generate more than €7bn ($8bn) a year in tourism-related revenue, according the ITB, which said tourism has made a major contribution to economic growth.
The ITB said its tourism revenue was up 9.5% year-on-year in the first half of 2017, and by 4.5%, to €2.9 billion.
The figure is more than double the 8.6% growth rate for all of 2016.
But, according with the IT, the number of tourists is not the only thing that is growing in Barcelona.
The city’s population has also increased by 3.3 million, the IT said.
It said that the number and size of visitors has increased by 12% in the past year and 15% in 2016.
The City is now the biggest destination for Europeans to see the Mediterranean, the capital of Spain, and the largest city in the European Union, with the third-largest population in Europe behind Paris and Rome.