Despite the devaluation of the pound after the Brexit referendum last June, the number of tourists who have chosen Spain as their tourist destination increased more than 10% last year. The preferred destinations for Brits are the Canary Islands, Valencia and Andalusia.
For British tourists, Spain is the favourite for sun and beach holidays and seen as a safe destination, where their beach stay is complemented with sports, nature and food and wine. The British value the Spanish lifestyle, tranquillity and the cultural richness of the country.
In addition, the Spanish healthcare system enjoys wide acceptance in Britain, who choose Spain for their fertility treatments for their high IVF success rates. For the cost and quality of its health and care programs, the British think of our country when they think of making a medical tour.
Brits choose the Costa del Sol for its beaches and its climate, but also for the multitude of recreational and festive activities you can do on these beaches, a city-break, to live an experience and to break with routine, culinary activities and cultural tourism.
What British tourists value most about the Costa del Sol are the attention and treatment they receive during their stay, the accommodation, shopping, beaches and services, dining, public safety and health and care programs. For this reason, 6 out of 10 Brits visiting the Costa del Sol had already visited the destination previously.
British tourists' favourite destination in Valencia is the town of Benidorm, followed by the city of Valencia. Other Valencian destinations highly valued by tourists are Alicante and Benicàssim.
British tourists visit Valencia's beaches from May to October, thanks to the area's good climate and the number of cultural, sports and nature activities.
Valencia airports have regular flights from 24 British airports, including London, Belfast, Manchester and East Midlands, among others.
The euro-pound exchange rate has caused overall prices in Spain to rise. Even so, prices in dentist care and plastic surgery (such as breast enlargement and tummy tuck) are cheaper when performed in Spain than in the United Kingdom. In addition, Brits really value the Spanish healthcare system, especially because they have many compatriots living in our country who are the best prescribers for our health.
Article 50 of the European Union (whereby the disconnection between UK and Europe begins) is activated in March, 2017, at which time the countdown of the minimum of two years necessary for total exit from the EU will begin. It is during these two years when negotiations with the EU will take place, from which the final agreement will mark the future of commercial, social and working relations between the UK and EU member countries. Therefore, even in at least two years’ time, nothing will have changed with regard to relations between the UK and the EU.
As for medical tourism, which is dependent on the guarantees offered by Social Security with European citizens, a bilateral agreement will be made between the United Kingdom and Spain within the prescribed period.
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