With more than 600,000 tons a year, Spain is a global leader in the production and export of olives.
Our country keeps climbing up the ladder of the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index: two positions since 2016 and six since 2015, when we were 17th. The countries standing atop the ranking are USA, Germany and China.
Casa Asia, the Leading Brands of Spain Forum and the Chinese entrepreneurial platform Zhisland organised ‘Special Economic Zone of Zhengzhou-Xinzheng’, a seminar to discuss export opportunities from Spain to the area with the largest trade volume in China in 2016.
Stronger relations with Mexico for the Government of Spain and Spanish multinationals mean greater investment and more business contracts.
A site written in Mandarin, www.hellospain.cn, has been launched to strengthen Spain’s position as a travel destination in China. The timing is perfect, as flights on the Spain-China route are being increased as a result of growing demand from leisure and business travellers.
In 2016, the wineries in Wine Routes of Spain welcomed 2,714,409 visitors – 471,469 more than the previous year, says the annual report published by Spanish Wine Cities Association.
International visitors to Spain spent 13,655 million euro in the first quarter of 2017 – 13.2% more than in Q1 2016. Their average daily expenses amounted to 141 euro, 7.1% more than in March 2016.
In 2016, foreign direct investment rose to 28,821 million from 23,283 million euro, placing Spain among the top eight OECD countries.
According to ‘Spanish Fashion Design in Figures’, a report by the Spanish Fashion Designers’ Association, the sector accounts for 5600 jobs in Spain.
Spain occupies the fourth position worldwide for the number of business events held in the country, 572 in 2015, which generated a revenue of over 5 billion euros.
With the production of over 750,000 wedding dresses per year, Spain is the world’s second-ranked country when it comes to exporting bridal fashion.
According to Baker McKenzie, the world’s largest law firm, Spain is seeing good levels of foreign investment. By the end of this year, our country could add 29,000 million euro in mergers and acquisitions.
Fundación Telefónica gives a new boost to research into the economic value of the Spanish language after realising that our language multiplies international trade between Spanish-speaking countries fourfold. Moreover, our language accounts for 16% of the GDP (164,000 million euro) and has a significant impact on employment (3.5 million jobs).
The airports controlled by AENA saw 230.3 million traveller arrivals or departures in 2016, 11% more than the previous year. This increase in the number of passengers (20 million more than the 2007 record high) confirms the upward trend of the Spanish tourism industry.
The International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, was the event chosen to disclose the results of the 1st Report on Asian Tourism, prepared by Casa Asia. According to this report, Asian markets have a huge growth potential: 17 million tourists a year, totalling 355 million by 2020.
FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair held at IFEMA from 18 to 22 January 2017, scored a new record high in the number of visitors: 245,000, 6% more than in the previous edition.