Foreign visitors to Spain spent 23 billion euros during the first 6 months of the year, according to the monthly figures prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, an increase of 5.6% on the same period last year.
Mr Average tourist spends 942 euros during his visit to Spain, which represents an increase of 2.5% over the same period, averaging out at 111 euros a day.
The British continue to spend the most overall, contributing 4.476 billion euros to the Spanish economy year to date, followed by the Germans with 3.92 billion, but this is due to the volume of visitors rather than the amount they spend per capita.
We´re actually rather stingy when it comes to expenditure, averaging 90 euros a day, only just pipping the French who spend a paltry 87 euros. The biggest spenders are those from Nordic countries who spend 126 euros a day, followed by the Italians on 105.
Although the Brits had been losing ground to the German market earlier in the year, the miserable UK weather encouraged sun-loving Brits to hop on a plane and head for warmer climates, the Canary islands in particular registering a substantial increase in visitors. British tourists spent nearly 18% more in June 2012 than in 2011, increasing the money flowing into Spanish coffers by nearly 200 million euros.
Murcia, however, recorded slightly less positive figures.
However, whilst Spain as a whole did really well during June, Murcia turned in slightly less encouraging figures.
Overseas visitors to the Region of Murcia in the first 6 months of the year spent 237 million euros, which represents a decline of -7.6% on the same period of 2011, making Murcia the Spanish region registering the biggest decline in money spent. It also means we only picked up around 1% ( 237 million) of the 23.6 billion euros spent, as opposed to the 22% hoovered up by Catalunya, 21% in the Canary islands, 15% of Andalucia, 14% of the Balearic islands, 11% of Madrid and 8% of Valencia.
This is, in effect, 19.5 million euros less in the tills of the region's businesses.
This decrease for Murcia can´t be blamed on a decline in the numbers of tourists visiting Spain, as Spain itself received 25.15 million tourists, a 2.9% increase on 2011( according to Frontur which analyses border movements.)
Murcia welcomed 236,091 foreign visitors, 0.9% of the national total, but -14.6% down on the same period last year.
Sources: Frontur, Egatur, Ministry of Industry , Energy and Tourism
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