Palma.—Figures released yesterday by the Ministry for Tourism and Industry in Madrid show that 1.1 million foreign tourists visited the Balearics during the first four months of this year, 9.6 percent more than during the same period last year.

The figures make the Balearics the second most popular destination for foreign holiday makers in Spain, second only to Valencia which enjoyed a 14.8 percent increase.

However, the increase posted by the Balearics is well above the national average of 2.5 percent.
In April alone, 633'818 foreign tourists came to the Balearics, 8.6 percent more than in April last year and, according to the Ministry for Tourism, it is the British market which is making the difference across the country as a whole.

During the first four months of the year, 14 million foreign holiday makers visited Spain, 2.5 percent more than the corresponding period last year.
According to the Ministry's report, the British market is the most dominant posting growth figures of just under two percent while the German market appears to be struggling behind the French in third having grown by just 0.8 percent since the start of the year.

The French market has grown by eight percent and the number of Scandinavians coming to Spain has increased by 12.3 percent this year.
The Russian market although still relatively small with 213'923 Russians coming to Spain during the first four months of the year, has still grown by nearly 25 percent in comparison to last year while the Italian market has contracted by eight percent, the Portuguese market by 8.2 percent and the Dutch by 2.5 percent.