Tourist spending up

March 1, 2008

Spending by foreign tourists in Spain rose by 5.4 per cent in January compared to January last year with the Canary Islands taking the lion’s share.

According to the Institute of Tourism Studies, income from tourism topped €2.4 billion with the average visitor spending €890, around €94 a day.

Of the total spend more than 66 per cent went on hotel accommodation while 70 per cent of visitors came on a package deal.

The majority of tourists came from the traditional markets, Germany, the UK, France and Scandinavia and accounted for more than 60 per cent of the total spend.

The Canary Islands grabbed more than 34 per cent of the total followed by Cataluña, Andalucía and Madrid.