Number of tourists visiting Spain falls

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26 November 2003, MADRID - The number of tourists visiting Spain this year has fallen, according to figures released Wednesday.

26 November 2003

MADRID - The number of tourists visiting Spain this year has fallen, according to figures released Wednesday.

The Spanish National Institute of Statistics said 6.3 million people spent a night in the country last month - a fall of 3.9 per cent - compared with the same period last year.

Between January and October this year, the number of visitors also fell by two percent compared with the same period in 2002.

The number of foreigners visiting Spain fell by 5.4 percent compared with the previous year.

Spain was still a favourite with the British, who accounted for over half (50.7 percent) of all the tourist who visited the country in October.

The Germans, who made up the second biggest number of visitors, accounting for 22.1 percent of the total figure.

The Dutch made up seven per cent of tourists, followed by the Irish (4.4 percent) and the Swedes (3.6 percent).

The most popular desination in Spain last month, according to the figures, was the Canary Islands which attracted 63.3 percent of all tourists coming to the country.

But the islands have seen a 5.1 percent fall in the number of tourists compared with the same time last year.

Though 1.1 million tourists visited the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, there was still a 6.1 per cent fall in numbers compared with the previous year.

The next most popular regions for visitors were Valencia (6 percent of the total), Andalucía (5.9 percent) and Catalonia (4.1 percent).

Among Spaniards, the most popular destination is the Canary Islands, which attracted over a third of all domestic travellers (34.5 percent). Other regions which were popular with holidaymakers were Catalonia (15.5 percent), Andalucia (15.2 percent), Valencia (14.9 percent), Madrid (6.3 percent) and Murcia (4.7 percent).

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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