By Sarah Keane • 07 December 2020 • 10:50
SPAIN closes out the year with a loss of 63million tourists in one of the worst periods ever recorded
It’s no secret that the tourist industry in Spain has suffered as a result of the pandemic and international travel restrictions in particular, but as The National Institute of Statistics (INE) takes stock of the actual 2020 figures, it has been revealed that a huge 63million fewer tourists landed on Spanish soil this year.
Tourism is the most important sector of the Spanish economy, which accounts for more than 12% of GDP, and the 2020 numbers translate into a €70billion loss to the Spanish economy this year.
Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, confirmed the figures in the first week of December, adding that a total of only 20million international tourists visited Spain this year, the lowest figure since the arrival of democracy in the country.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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