STAFF REPORTER
PALMA/MADRID

THE total spend by foreign tourists in the Balearic Islands fell by 12.2 percent in the first six months of this year in comparison with the same period in 2009, tourism research group “Egatur” reported yesterday.

Egatur said that for Spain as a whole, spending levels in fact rose very slightly by 0.1 percent during the first half of the year compared to the same six months of 2009 and there was a notable upturn of 2.4 percent in particular relation to the month of June.

The research, commissioned by Central Government's Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Commerce, put the first half year figure in the Balearics at 2'988 million euros and for Spain as a whole at 20'772 million for the same period. Egatur confirmed that average spend per foreign tourist also fell in the Balearics during the first half of the year by 5.2 percent to 864 euros whilst nationwide the figure rose by 2 percent to 904 euros.

From January to June this year, the daily average spend of foreign tourists in the Balearic Islands has been 104 euros, claim Egatur, almost exactly the same as it was during the first six months of 2009. In the rest of the country, daily spend rose by 4.4 percent to reach an average of 98 euros.

Looking only at the figures for June this year, tourists spent 1'256 million euros (-5.7%) less than they did in the same month in 2009.
In terms of key client market nationalities, Britons spent the most in Spain in the first half of the year (4'214 million euros) although this figure was a drop of 10.5 percent on the same period in 2009. Germans spent 3'839 million euros, a downturn of 6.6 percent.

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