The government had remained silent on the matter, never having referred to what was more than just a likelihood that IVA would have to be applied.
"A lot obviously depends on the weather. It was a dry winter but the rains over the past few weeks have been welcome."
This was an increase of almost 46% in tourist spending over last February.
Rajoy has promised that if he is the next prime minister, he will make sure the working day ends at 6pm by turning back the clocks in line with GMT.