By Euro Weekly News Media • 22 August 2014 • 10:29
TOURISM is on the up in Spain, according to José Manuel Soria, government minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism.
Soria has announced a growth of 5.9 per cent in international tourism during the month of July, making it the second busiest month on record, beaten only by August 2013.
The minister went on to underline that this growth shows that the tourist industry is one of the wheels driving Spain’s economic recovery.
Tourists coming from France saw the biggest increase, with a 12.1 per cent rise, whilst British visitors increased by 4.6 per cent. There were, however, less German tourists than expected, probably due to the worsening economic conditions in Germany.
Even with the Russian market having decreased, said Soria, the sector is doing better than expected.
Between January and July of this year, some 36.3 million tourists set foot on Spanish soil, breaking records for the busiest year yet.
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