Last year saw 57.9 foreign tourists visit Spain, spending a total of 55,777 million euros in the country.
This increase in foreign visitors meant 3% more tourists from abroad than in 2011.
At the presentation of these figures, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, said that 2012 was “a good year”, thanks to the greater number of visitors, their increased spending and the surplus in the tourist sector's balance of payments, up 2.5%.
Dividing these tourists up into their counties of origin, last year saw important growth in the numbers coming from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Germany. On the other hand, visitor numbers from Italy and France fell 5.8% and 3.2%, respectively.
As far as tourist spending was concerned, the United Kingdom and Russia were the markets that most contributed to the increase in total spending
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