Spain sees 4.5m tourists in April

DESPITE economic woes continuing to dominate global headlines, tourism numbers are up against last year in Spain. In total 4.5 million tourists came to Spain last month.

Although this is 1.7 per cent lower than the same month of 2011, the 13.7 million which had visited in the four months to May 1 represented a 1.1 per cent annual increase.

Of April’s 4.5 million, 3.6 million arrived by plane, and 3 million stayed at hotels.

The majority of these were British, followed by French and German tourists.

One million British tourists visited Spain in April, 13 per cent fewer than the same month last year.

This was revealed by the latest Frontur report which also shows that as at May 1 2.9 million British tourists had visited Spain, a 4 per cent year-on-year drop.

While the number of Britons fell in April, 2.2 per cent more French and 5.6 more German tourists visited Spain. Meanwhile, with a modest 138,450 the amount of Swiss tourists increased by more than a third in April.

By John Jackson

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