In 2013, Spain has returned its historical position as the third tourist destination in the world in number of tourists.
Spain's tourism sector registered a surplus of 14.500 million euros in June 2014, which is 3.5% more than in the first half of 2013, according to the balance of payments published by the Central Bank of Spain.
This result is a consequence of the fact that the revenues amounted to 19.900 million euros, up to 4.7% compared with 19.000 million euros in the first half of 2013, and the payments made amounted to 5.400 million euros, which is 8% more compared with 5.000 million euros a year earlier.
In June 2014 the positive balance of the tourism industry in Spain amounted to 3.500 million euros, up 2.9%, with revenues of 4.700 million euros (+ 2.1%), compared with the payments, which rose by 8.3% to 1,300 million euros.
So, in 2013, Spain regained the third place in the ranking of the world's tourist destinations in the number of tourists, which was ceded to China in 2010, and this year Spain will hold on on the pedestal.
With the latest updated figures, Spain is going through a very good year in the tourism sector. For example, in July 2014 was reached a new record, which was the second best month in history, and received during the first seven months of the year 36,300,000 foreign tourists, an increase of 7% compared to the same period last year.
Foreign tourists spent 34,497,000 euros, 7% more during a trip to Spain from January to July 2014. Most visitors arrived by plane, and thus, the Spanish airports took 4.1% more passengers in the first seven months of this year.
For its part, the Spanish tourists made more than 86 million trips in the first seven months of this year, which is a clear sign of a recovery of the national tourism.
Thereby, Spain expects to close 2014 with three million foreign tourists more than last year, surpassing the record of 60 million foreign tourists, according to the forecasts of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
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