Spain is approaching pre-pandemic tourism levels with 7.5 million visitors in June.

Spain is approaching pre-pandemic tourism levels with 7.5 million visitors in June.

MADRID, Aug 2 (Reuters) – More than twice as many tourists visited Spain in June than in the same month last year and spent almost three times as much during their stay, data from the National Statistical Institute showed on Tuesday.

7.5 million visitors spent around 9 billion euros ($9.2 billion) in June as Spain approaches pre-pandemic levels in its largest and most important economic sector.

Before the pandemic halted travel in 2020, Spain received a total of 38.2 million tourists in 2019, of which 8.8 million visited in June.

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“In these six months (2022), we have already exceeded 30 million international tourists, which is 80% of the pre-pandemic volume, but in terms of spending, we are already at 90% of the pre-pandemic level,” Tourism Minister Reyes said. Maroto said.

“If the trend continues, we will clearly be at pre-pandemic levels (at the end of the year),” she said.

The Spanish government expects pre-pandemic tourist arrivals to hit 90% during the summer season as northern Europeans shrug off inflation concerns and book even more trips than in 2019. read more

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Reporting by Christina Tikjaer Editing by Mark Potter

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