Tourist numbers rise despite terror attacks
18 June 2004, MADRID – The number of tourists who came to Spain this year has risen by 3.8 percent, according to figures released Friday.
18 June 2004
MADRID – The number of tourists who came to Spain this year has risen by 3.8 percent, according to figures released Friday.
Despite the Madrid terrorist attacks in March, figures released by the Ministry of Tourism showed 18.2 million tourists visited Spain between January and May.
Britons, who make up the biggest group of tourists, fell by 9 percent in May.
But during the five previous months numbers had actually risen by 3.5 percent compared with the year before.
More than a third - 36.3 percent - of Britons came to Spain by low-cost airlines.
The Germans and French, who made up the second and third-biggest tourist groups, showed no change in visitor numbers between January and May.
From other national groups, only the Dutch and Swiss showed falls in the number of visitors. Numbers decreased by 9.7 percent and 4.7 percent respectively.
The biggest rises in visitors to different parts of Spain were for Madrid (23.9 percent) and Catalonia (14.2 percent) during the first five months of the year.
Catalonia continues to be the most popular destination for tourists in Spain, with 1.2 million visitors in May alone.
There was a sharp rise in the number of Britons coming to Catalonia - 23.6 percent – between January and May.
French tourist numbers also showed a sharp increase of 8.5 percent compared with the year before.
Though it is still the second favourite destination, the number of tourists visiting the Balearic Islands fell of 1.3 percent between January and May.
Andalusía, the third favourite area of Spain, showed no great change, with 2.7 million visitors in the first five months of this year.
The majority were Britons, of which the number rose slightly by 1.2 percent. The number of visitors from Germany and France fell slightly.
The Canary Islands is the fourth favourite place for tourists in Spain. In the first five months, 4.3 million people went to the islands for a holiday – a rise of 5 percent on last year.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news