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Catalan Tourism Exhibition closes in Barcelona

Source: Xinhua - Mon 7th Apr 2014
Catalan Tourism Exhibition closes in Barcelona

The Catalan International Tourist Exhibition (SITC) in Barcelona, closed on Sunday after three days of activity to promote tourism in the region.

The SITC - held every year in the City's FIRA exhibition center - entailed numerous events linked to gastronomy, wine tourism, cruises and camping, as well as other of tourism offers in Catalonia.

One of the major attractions was section named "Eat the World," which was an area dedicated to traditional Catalan food, while the "MTourism" zone looked at tourism trends for the present and future and the "Innovation Zone" invited new tourism companies to present their innovative projects.

The Spanish tourist sector currently represents around 11% of the country's GDP, while 11.8% of the country's jobs are dependent on the sector.

2013 was an important year for the tourist sector in Spain as the country received 60.66 million visitors to become the 3rd largest tourist destination in the world, behind France and the U.S. and pushing China into 4th place in the ranking.

Spain has also seen a subtle change in the type of tourist it attracts with increasing numbers, especially Chinese and Russian visitors paying greater attention to Spain's possibilities as a destination to go shopping, to eat well and visit historic and cultural monuments.

Catalonia, which has a diverse tourist offer which ranges from ski resorts in winter, to beaches in summer, as well as the city of Barcelona and all that city has to offer, is the most important tourist destination in Spain.

Last year Catalonia welcomed 15.6 million tourists, 25.8% of all those who came to Spain.

China, Cuba, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt and Croatia were among many other countries promoting their tourism offers at the SITC exhibition.

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