Spain smashes record for tourist spending

The first six months of 2015 saw a huge windfall for Spain’s tourism industry

LAST UPDATED: 7 Aug, 2015 @ 12:44
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SPAIN has set a new record for international tourists’ spending: a staggering €28.3 billion in the first half of 2015.

That’s a 7.4% increase on the same period of 2014.

The record-breaking spending is led by British tourists, who spent €5.7 billion between January and June, a 9.8% year-on-year increase.

Next up were the Germans, contributing €4.4 billion, followed by the French, with €2.7 billion — a 12.8% increase from the same period of 2014.

Catalunya enjoyed the biggest slice of the pie, with tourists spending €6.4 billion in the northeastern region.

The record-breaking numbers can be attributed to a strong British pound, a recovering Spanish economy, and weakened competition from usual rivals Greece and Tunisia as economic woes and security threats frighten tourists away — and towards the Iberian peninsula.

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