Foreign tourists in Spain spend 6 pct more

SPAIN TOURISM

Foreign tourists who come to enjoy the sights in Spain, like the Sagrada Familia basilica seen here, as of July were spending 6 percent more this year than last. EFE/File
Foreign tourists who come to enjoy the sights in Spain, like the Sagrada Familia basilica seen here, as of July were spending 6 percent more this year than last. EFE/File

— Foreign tourists who visited Spain in the first seven months of 2013 spent 32.21 billion euros ($43 billion), 6 percent more than in the same period of 2012, the government said Tuesday.

The rise in the average expenditure per tourist was 2 percent up 949 euros ($1,270), according to figures from the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.

In July alone, the spending of international tourists climbed to 7.79 billion euros ($10.43 billion), or 4.3 percent more than in the same month of 2012.

By nationality, British visitors continued to account for the largest chunk of spending with 6.36 billion euros ($8.51 billion), almost 20 percent of the total, followed by tourists from Germany, with 5.15 billion euros ($6.9 billion), or 16 percent of the total.

By July of this year, Spain had welcomed a record 34 million foreign tourists, 3.9 percent more than in the same period in 2012.

Tourism is one of the great drivers of the Spanish economy, representing more than 10 percent of gross domestic product and upwards of 2 million jobs.

 
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