By Tara Rippin • 06 May 2020 • 12:13
IMPACT: Costa Blanca's tourism industry slashed by almost two thirds. CREDIT: Needpix
THE Institute of Statistics (INE) has today published data which shows international tourist arrivals dropped by 60.9 per cent in March in the Valencian Community, compared to the same month in 2019, after travel restrictions were enforced from the middle of the month to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The region, Spain’s fourth biggest destination community for international visitors, received 253,718 holidaymakers in March, who spent €254 million, revealed INE.
Of the tourists who spend their vacations on the Costa Blanca, 30.5 per cent are British and 17.1 per cent French, the two largest market nationalities.
Between January and March the average daily expenditure per tourist was €106 and the average duration of the trip was 9.4 days.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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