Madrid/Palma.—Central Government reported yesterday that the increase in foreign tourist spending last month was largely thanks to more money being spent by British visitors.

According to the Tourist Research Institute “Egatur” foreign tourists visiting the Balearic Islands between January and August have spent 7'430 million euros, a 3.8 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011, the same sources said.

The average tourist spend in the Balearics reached 957 euros in the first eight months of the year, an increase of 1.3% compared to the first eight months of 2011, and the average daily spend during this period has been 111 euros, 0.2 percent greater. All the indicators were positive for tourism in the Balearics in August. Egatur claimed that average spending per tourist head last month reached 1'078 euros, a year-on-year increase of 5.2% and that average daily spend increased by 3.8% over the same period to 114 euros.

British boost
The Egatur report said that according to markets, the United Kingdom was the country which had most contributed to tourist spending in the whole country. People from the United Kingdom were estimated to have spent 1'766 million euros, a year-on-year increase of 14.3%.

The average spend by British tourists on holiday in Spain was 931 euros and the daily spend 93 euros. The Balearics claimed one of every three euros from tourists from the UK.

The report claimed that average spending by foreign visitors had increased on average by 9.2 percent per head over the year.
As has been the case over the past two years, spending by French tourists exceeded money being spent by Germans.
Spending by German visitors fell by 1.5 percent in August, breaking a three month trend of continued increased spending. The Russian market has been outstanding this year, responsible for about a quarter of the growth in spending.

Spending by tourists who stayed in hotels grew by 9.2 percent in August compared to the same month in 2011, whilst there was an increase of 1.1% who stayed in other types of tourist accommodation (apartments, camping, etc.)