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Foreign holidaymakers spend big in Spain

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Foreign holidaymakers spend big in Spain
German and British tourists continued to be the biggest spenders in the first quarter of 2013. Photo:Leonid Tatarinov
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Tourism is showing no signs of crumbling in the face of Spain’s crippling financial crisis, with the country’s tourism earning up 8.4 percent in the first three months of 2013 against the same period last year.

This means holidaymakers opened their wallets to the tune of €9.3 billion from January to March.

Holidaymakers from France, Scandinavia and Germany pumped €3.7 billion into Spain’s tourism industry in March, a jump of 13.7 percent on last year’s figures for the same month.

In the first quarter of this year, Spain’s German and British tourists continued to be the biggest spenders, splashing out €1.6 billion and €1.5 billion respectively.

Overall, overseas tourists spent on average 110 euros a day in the first quarter of 2013, a rise of seven percent year on year, online daily 20minutos reported.

They’re also splashing out six percent more while in Spain, or €991 on average.

The Canary Islands lead the way for spending per autonomous region.

The €3.1 billion that tourists shelled out in the subtropical islands account for 34 percent of Spain’s first quarter tourism earnings.

But it was Catalonia that showed the biggest financial boost compared to 2012 — almost €2 billion euros or 14.2% up. 

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