Staff Reporter
THERE were more tourists that visited the Balearic Islands last year compared with 2003, but individually they spent less, on average they spent 907 euros per person during the holiday, which is a 1.2 percent decrease compared to 2003.

Tourists to the islands spent a total of 8'366 million euros last year, which averages to 907 euros per person, according to a survey conducted by Institute of Tourism Studies.

The average tourism spending for the whole of Spain is 872 euros per person per holiday, which places the Balearic Islands above the national average, along with Galicia (1'212 euros per tourist) and the Canary Islands (994 euros per tourist).

The survey has calculated that the average holiday last year lasted 10.7 days, which is a 0.2 percent decrease from 2003.
In terms of the nationality of these tourists who visited Spain last year, the survey found that the main tourists were from either the UK or Germany. From these two countries alone the tourists spent a total of 24'946 million euros, which is approximately 50 percent of the total tourist expenditure.

British tourists last year spent 1.3 percent more than in 2003, in total 13'073 million euros, and on average a British tourist spent 845 euros per holiday, which is a 1.3 percent decrease.

With regards to the German tourism market, tourists spent a total of 845 million euros in 2004, which is 1.3 percent more than 2003. Per person German tourists spent 890 euros, which is a 0.9 percent decrease.

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