STAFF REPORTER
THE total tourist spend for October in the Balearics this year was 598 million euros, 16.4 percent less than during the same month last year, Central Government reported yesterday.

Research by Tourism economy study group EGATUR showed that the average spend in the islands last month by visitors stood at 799 euros, a drop of 4.1 percent in comparison to October in 2008 and that the daily spend of 81 euros per day was 13.8 percent less than it had been last year.

At a national level, year-on-year tourist spending last month was down by 3.7 percent to 4'073 million euros, average daily spend was down 5.5 percent to 95 euros and individual spend for each trip was 988 euros, 10 euros more than in September. The Balearics therefore suffered a greater downturn than the rest of the country. The British were those visitors who spent the most in Spain last month (934 million euros) although this figure was 20.4 percent less than during the same month in 2008.

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