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TOURIST SPENDING INCREASE

Total spending by foreign tourists in October 2010 stood at 4,289 million euro according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (EGATUR) drafted by the Tourism Studies Institute of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. This figure represents growth o…

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TOURIST SPENDING INCREASE

Total spending by foreign tourists in October 2010 stood at 4,289 million euro according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (EGATUR) drafted by the Tourism Studies Institute of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. This figure represents growth of 5.3% on October 2009 and the sixth consecutive month of increases in total expenditure.

Average spending per person this month rose by 1.2% to 896 euro, while daily spending rose by 1.6% to 96 euro.

In the first ten months of the year, accumulated spending by tourists stood at 43,329 million euro, which is an increase of 2.3% on the same period last year. Average spending per tourist between January and October rose by 1.2% (921 euro), while daily spending rose by 4.1% (97 euro).

The United Kingdom and Germany, the main emitting markets of tourists to Spain, recorded a lower volume of total spending in October than in the same month of 2009, with respective decreases of 11.4% and 2%. It should be pointed out that average daily spending in the case of German tourists increased by 3.5% this month.

The group of Nordic countries, the third largest market this month in terms of total spending with almost 10% of the total, recorded strong growth of 35.8% in October to exceed 400 million euros, with average spending per tourist in excess of 1,000 euro.

For its part, France maintained the same levels as in the previous year with a slight increase of 0.3%, although this increase in accumulated figures for the whole year stands at 2%.

From among the other markets, particularly good growth was recorded by the Netherlands, Italy, the United States and the countries in the Rest of America category.

Catalonia, the leading destination for tourist spending in October, also recorded the highest growth among the main destination autonomous regions (12.4% in total spending). In the first ten months of the year, accumulated revenue growth from tourism in Catalonia stands at 10.1%.

The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands also recorded positive figures, with important growth in tourist spending of 2.3% and 12.2%, respectively. Although average spending per tourist fell in the Canary Islands, it remains among the highest at more than 1,020 euro. For its part, average spending per tourist in the Balearic Islands rose by 5% on October 2009.

Andalusia, which saw tourist spending fall by 5.5% in October, maintains an overall increase for the first ten months of the year of 7%, with an increase in spending per tourist in this period of 6.2% and daily spending growth of 11.5%.

The growth recorded in total spending in the Autonomous Region of Madrid should also be highlighted, increasing by 11.8% in the month with average spending per tourist of 1,060 euro (9.9% more than in October 2009).

Total spending by those tourists who stayed in hotels rose by 6.4%, while total spending by those who opted for other types of accommodation rose by 3.3%. Average daily spending for those tourists staying in hotels grew by 4.2% in October, as a result of the decrease in the average length of stay.

Those tourists who did not travel as part of a package holiday increased their total spending by 8.3%, compared with the 1.4% decline in spending by those who did opt for a package holiday. However, average spending per tourist among this second group grew by 3.8% and their average daily spending also increased by 7.2% due to the decrease in their average length of stay.

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