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Foreign tourists in Spain spend 7.8% more until June

MADRID | The Corner | They keep coming and, more important, they spend more money, which adds to the recovery. Foreign tourists visiting Spain spent €2.63 billion in the first semester, a 7.8% more than in the same period of 2013, according to official data. British citizens are the biggest spenders, followed by the Germans. Tourism is a crucial sector of Spanish economy, accounting for more of 10% of GDP.

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In Spain, local tourism finally competes with foreign one

MADRID | The Corner | Spanish national tourism starts to reactivate: the number of travellers residing in Spain grew at the same rate than the number of residents abroad. The recovery in tourist expenditure of the Spanish households suggests that the private consumption may grow in the 2Q14 –although probably at a slower pace than in the previous quarters (+0.4%). The evolution of the heavy traffic in Spain’s toll motorways also points at a recovery in the domestic demand, which is a necessary component to compensate for the loss of pulse of the external sector and allow a new quarterly advance in the 2Q14 activity (+0.4%).

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Today’s market chatter in Spain

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Business confidence reached an all-time high, encouraging the return of strong productive investment. Moreover, Deoleo complex process resolution, downward market trends and much more…

Nothing wrong with tourism

When you hear tourism in Spain, you may imagine local mayors receiving bribes from developers to re-qualify a piece of natural landscape that will be lost for ever. Think again. It is a strong, diverse and worth-a-fight industry.