Tourist numbers rise but most avoid packages

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21 July 2006, MADRID — The number of tourists who came to Spain in the first six months rose six percent compared with the same period in 2005, a report published on Friday said.

21 July 2006

MADRID — The number of tourists who came to Spain in the first six months rose six percent compared with the same period in 2005, a report published on Friday said.

Over 25 million chose to spend their holidays in Spain.

The favourite destinations were Catalonia, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Britons formed the largest tourist contingent, followed by the Germans, according to a report by the Inquiry in Tourist Movements known as Frontur.

Many expats earn their living from the tourist industry.

More than six million people came to Catalonia, a rise of nearly 11 percent on last year.

The figure rose because more French people are visiting the region.

The Canary Islands had 4.7m tourists – an increase of 3.2 percent, while 4 million spent their holidays in the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca or Ibiza.

Andalucia had 3.7 million tourists, followed by Valencia with 2.2 million visitors.

Madrid came sixth place with 1.8 million tourists.

More than 7.3 million Britons spent time in Spain, followed by 4.6 million Germans.

Two-thirds did not book package holidays.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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