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NEWSDESK THE Secretary of State for Tourism, Joan Mesquida, joined the Balearic Day celebrations in Berlin yesterday and claimed that, according to the latest tourism figures and forecasts, the number of holiday makers coming to Spain this summer, may match last year's figures.

Global tourism shrank 1 percent in the second half of 2008, taking a nosedive after a 5 percent expansion in the first half, and may not recover in 2009 if the economic environment further deteriorates, the United Nations' World Tourism Organisation said last month, but Mesquida is confident that this summer may well buck global tourism trends in Spain. “We're obviously being very prudent, we're rounding down many of our forecasts to be on the safe side,” he said yesterday. “Demand for peak summer season is not worrying us too much, it is the months before and after which we are more concerned about right now along with the three to four day short breaks.

LOYAL MARKETS “But, both the German and British markets are extremely loyal to Spain and destinations like Majorca. We've invested a great deal of money over recent years in improving resort infrastructure and the quality of facilities and services and we're confident that visitors appreciate that and will return,” he added.