Tourists undaunted by Madrid massacre
20 July 2004, MADRID – Spain's tourism industry showed no signs of losing out after the Madrid terrorist attacks, according to visitor figures released Tuesday.
20 July 2004
MADRID – Spain's tourism industry showed no signs of losing out after the Madrid terrorist attacks, according to visitor figures released Tuesday.
The number of tourists in the first six months of this year rose 4.4 percent in comparison with the same period in 2003.
In all there were 37.2 million tourists, according to figures presented at a press conference Tuesday by Pedro Mejia, Spain's Tourism and Trade Secretary.
In the total figure were included hikers and ramblers.
But Mejia said at least 62 percent – or 23.1 million people – either visiting Spain from abroad or who visited other parts of the country.
In terms of tourists alone, numbers rose by 2.2 percent compared with the year before, he said.
But there were 14.1 million ramblers or hikers - a rise of 8.1 percent compared with the first six months of 2003.
Though many experts had expected a fall in the number of tourists after the 11 March bombings in Madrid, figures showed people came to Spain despite the terrorist threat.
Tourism is still Spain's biggest source of revenue.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news