Downturn still hurting Spanish tourism

26th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Tourism has fallen 10 percent in June compared to the same time the year before.

Madrid- The number of foreign visitors in Spain slid 6.1 percent year-on-year in July to 6.6 million, the tourism ministry said Friday, but the fall was lower than the previous two months.

Tourist arrivals were 10 percent less in June than a year ago and 11.7 percent lower in May.

Tourism, which accounts for 11 percent of Spain's Gross Domestic Product, has been hit by the global financial crisis since the end of last year.

According to the World Tourism Organisation, Spain has been overtaken by the United States as the second most visited country after France.

Britons are the top visitors in Spain, followed by the French and the Germans.

A total of 30.2 million people visited Spain in the first seven months of the year -- a 10.3 decline over the corresponding period in 2008.

AFP / Expatica

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