Spain and The International Economic Crisis
Spain was the second international touristic preference for having a holiday or a long stay till very recently, but due to the international changes that have affected the economy, it has lost this privileged position.
This is the result of the changes that the international economic crisis is having in the behaviour of tourists. Therefore, Spain has lost its second position as a holiday destination, which has been taken by the USA, and France is still on top of preferences.
This is probably due to the change of habits in the USA, as people do not travel abroad as much as they did, and they have shorter holidays inside the USA, with shorter journeys and cheaper in cost. As a result, the number of tourists has increased in the USA, as they travel inside their country, and it has decreased in Spain, which is not having as many tourists coming from the USA as before. Therefore, their positions as international touristic preferences have changed as well.