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Spain Sees Record Month For Tourism In September

Wed 23rd Oct 2013
Spain Sees Record Month For Tourism In September

The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism on Wednesday reported how Spain welcomed a total of 48.8 Million foreign visitors up to September, increasing 4.6% on the same period in 2012.

The report noted how this amounted to an additional 1.8 Million visitors in 2013.

For the month of September alone, Spain welcomed 6.5 million visitors - up 4.7% on September 2012, and representing a record high.

Russian and Scandinavian visitors brought the largest increases by percentage - up 30% and 17.7% on the year until September to total 1.3 Million and 3.6 Million tourists respectively, whilst the UK remained the largest market overall, with visitor numbers increasing by 4.4% over the same period.

Germany remained the second largest market, with visitor numbers growing 4.0% between January and September.

The Economies of Southern Europe contributed an expected decrease in visitor numbers from traditional markets such as Italy (-9.9%) and Portugal (-8.4%).

As in previous years Catalonia remained the most popular region, welcoming a total of 12.7 Million visitors - increasing 6.6% on the January to September period for 2013 when compared to 2012.

Visitor numbers to the Balearics reached, with 10 million - increasing 7.3% - to total 20.5% of all visitors.

The report concluded that Tourism accounts for 11.0% of Spain's total GDP, and employs 11.4% of the workforce.

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