Record rise in tourists but they spend less money
19 August 2005, MADRID — Spain saw a record rise in the number of tourists visiting the country this year compared with the same period last year.
19 August 2005
MADRID — Spain saw a record rise in the number of tourists visiting the country this year compared with the same period last year.
A total of 31 million visitors came to Spain between January and July – a six percent rise compared with 2004.
It is the biggest increase since 2001.
The Institute of Tourist Studies said in July alone 7.4m tourists came to Spain – with numbers 7.7 percent up from July 2004.
Catalonia is the most popular place for people to come in all Spain, with the region receiving 2.2 visitors in July.
This makes up nearly a third – or 29.5 percent - of all tourists coming to the country.
It also meant there was a rise of 11.3 percent compared with 2004.
However, tourism has become less lucrative for the Spanish economy, with visitors staying less time and spending less money, the institute said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news