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January 23, 2014

Spain is on third place in the number of tourists in 2013

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During 2013 Spain was visited by a record number of foreign tourists , namely 60.6 million, which enabled the country to become the world's third more visited country. Such official data was presented by President of the Government of Spain, Mariano Rajoy , at the official opening of the VII Tourism Forum in Madrid, which traditionally precedes the opening of the international tourism exhibition Fitur. Achieved record surpassed all expectations and was by 5.6% more than in the previous year, as well as allowed Spain to depose China from third place in the world rankings.

In 2013, tourist arrivals increased by 5% worldwide, according to the World Tourism Organization (OMT), published at the end of a very successful year in terms of tourism , during which tourism has been overcome many records, especially in the period from May to October.

Travel expenses of foreign tourists in Spain amounted to 55,896 million euros. These figures can only be reflected positively on the economy, said Mariano Rajoy , although still need to have the final outcome , based on the formula of “income – spending”.

Such optimistic data allowed the president of the government of Spain to say that tourism is the engine of the Spanish economy and that the government intends to work in this direction, for further strengthening Spain's position as the world leader in tourism. ” I am confident that together we will achieve this ,” – said the leader of the state confidently .

With the figure of 60.6 million tourists, Spain became the third in the world after France, with 83 million tourists and U.S. with 67 million. For the first time in Spain exceeded the barrier of 60 million foreign tourists and the previous record set in 2007, which equaled to 58.7 million.

Spanish Prime Minister also pointed out during his speech, that in all the autonomous regions of the country had recorded an increase in the number of foreign tourists, among them continue to lead the usual country such as the United Kingdom, but there was also new markets, such as Russia .

Moreover, the politician marked a great job of the tourism companies of the country and their key role in the success of this important sector of the Spanish economy .

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