The President of the Majorcan Hotel Federation, Aurelio Vazquez, announced yesterday that during the first ten months of this year, visitors to the Balearics have spent 10,500 million euros, 8.3 percent more than last year.

He also confirmed that the number of tourists coming to the Balearics during the same period was three percent up on last year and, in the case of Majorca, 3.5 percent up.

Vazquez said that he and his members are more than satisfied with the "positive" season and also championed the fact that this year, the season turned out to have been longer than usual with very encouraging occupancy and spending results for October.

He said that, on average, this year hotels stayed open three weeks longer than usual, although over 90 percent are now closed.

And, it was a similar picture across the country.

International tourists’ spending reached 52.551 million euros in the first ten months of the year, representing an improvement of 8.2% over the same period in 2012. Average daily spending rose 2.7%, up to 109 euros, while the average expenditure per tourist increased by 3.2% to 970 euros, according to a survey of tourist spending by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

The highest amounts until October were spent by British tourists - 10.922 million euros, which accounted for 20.8% of the total, up by 7% on last year.

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