More sunseekers bring record boom for Spanish tourism

19th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 May 2005, MADRID — A record 13.6 million tourists visited Spain during the first four months of this year, up 5 percent from the same period in 2004, officials said.

19 May 2005

MADRID — A record 13.6 million tourists visited Spain during the first four months of this year, up 5 percent from the same period in 2004, officials said.

The Canary Islands remained the country's top tourist destination, with 3.4 million foreign tourists, or 25 percent of the total.

That number, however, was down 2.6 percent from the first four months of 2004, the Spanish tourism ministry said.

The north-eastern region of Catalonia, with 3.3 million arrivals, up 14.1 percent from the January-April 2004 period, was Spain's number two tourist destination.

This was followed by the southern region of Andalusia, where 2 million tourists spent their holidays. The figure was down 1.6 percent from the first four months of last year.

During the same period, 1.3m tourists went to the Balearic Islands — up 4.4 percent from the same period in 2004.

In the Valencia region, 1.3 million foreign tourists came on holiday — an increase of  9.6 percent from the comparable period last year.

At number six on the list of Spain's top tourist destinations was Madrid, with 1 million foreign visitors in the January-April 2005 period, up 6.4 percent from the first four months of 2004.

Spain proved most popular with the British, with 3.9 million coming on holiday here — a figure that was up 1.6 percent from the same period last year.

Germans were the second biggest group, with 2.5 million, up 2.4 percent, and the French were in third place with 2 million tourists or 15.6 percent more than last year.

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Subject: Spanish news

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