27-01-2015Ballesteros

On the eve of the opening of the Spanish travel trade fair, FITUR, in Madrid this morning, the PM, Mariano Rajoy, rolled out some good news.The Prime Minister, opening the Spain Global Tourism Forum, in Madrid, revealed that, according to the Tourism Spending Survey carried out by the Ministry for Industry, foreign holiday makers spent 63 billion euros in Spain last year, 6.5 percent more than in 2013.
Tourism in Spain grew by 2.9% in 2014, with 65 million visitors in a year that  strengthened the sector as the engine of economic recovery, Rajoy told delegates.
However, the increase in spending was not experienced here in the Balearics, where foreign visitor expenditure shrunk by 2.4 percent in comparison to 2013 to 10.4 billion euros.
According to the report, the average spent per tourist in the Balearics on their holiday was 913 euros, 5.1 percent less than during 2013 while the average daily spend was also down 3.7 percent to 110 euros.
So, while more foreign holiday makers came to the Balearics last year, they spent less money.

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