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October 2, 2013

Spain continues to hit travel records

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It seems that the main sector of the Spanish economy continues to gain momentum. Expenses of foreign tourists, visiting Spain from January to August 2013, have reached the maximum record levels and amounted to 12.2 % more than last year.

Perhaps 2013 will be the best in the history of Spain's tourist figures. Such an outcome portend data collected each month by the number of foreign tourists and their expenses during their stay in Spain. These conclusions come and from high-ranking officials, in particular, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, José Manuel Soria, as well as advisor of the Government of Catalonia for Enterprise and Employment, Felipe Puig, which in his turn released data today about Catalonia. The increase, in both the number of foreign tourists and their expenses, has been detected here in the past several months.

From January to August 2013 foreign tourists spent in Spain 40,473 million euros, which is 7.2 % more than in the same period in 2012.

This marked increase is made possible thanks to a rise in the number of foreign tourists, and thank to the fact that tourists spend in Spain more money than before. Average consumption per person, in turn, increased by 2.5%.

Only in the month of August foreign visitors Spain joined the local economy with 8,263 million euros, 12.2% more than in August last year. Thus has been made yet another tourist record.

Citizens of the UK are the ones who spend the most when visiting Spain, accounting for 20.4% of the total. In second place settled the Germans with a share of 15.6% and the French on the third place with 10.6%.

Tourists from the Nordic countries spent 20.4 % more than last year, although their share in total amounted to only 9.6 %.

Catalonia became the main host autonomous region within Spain, which accounted for most of the expenses and tourists, namely 24.2%. This figure was the highest on interannual ratio also. The second and third places are occupied by Balearic and Canary Islands, respectively.

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