MADRID, Spain – Spain is again third in a world ranking of top tourism destinations in 2013 behind France and the United States, after losing the podium to China in 2010, Tourism Minister Isabel Borrego said Friday presenting the next edition of Fitur, the international tourism trade fair scheduled to take place on January 22-26 at the Ifema park in Madrid.
Although official data on December is not available yet, the number of tourists who travelled to Spain until November were almost 57.6 million foreigners, already exceeding the 55.4 million tourists who visited China throughout 2013.
Spain is a ‘world power in tourism and good results were obtained thanks to our tourism sector and efforts made by our companies, which are competitive and able to internationalize and boost the Spanish brand abroad’, said the minister.
An estimated 6.4 million foreign tourists visited Spain last year, according to operators and the sector’s union Exceltur. Official sources have yet to confirm the estimate.
Official data will be published by the ministry on January 27.
Tourism revenues and expenditure hit a record high last November with an 8% increase – for a total of 55,896 million euros – compared to the same period last year. Within this optimistic scenario also for the coming year, Fitur, a major expo in the sector, is scheduled to take place next week although this edition of the fair will also suffer limitations due to the crisis: the expo will be held across an area of 54,000 square metres, 2,000 less than last year and with fewer stands, although the number of operators and tourism firms participating have grown 3%, according to data provided by organizers.
An estimated 9,000 companies from 165 countries are expected to participate and 200,000 visitors are awaited with an economic impact on Madrid estimated at around 180 million euros compared to the 10 million allocated for the event.No tags for this post.