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The UK supplied 22.7% of all foreign visitors in Spain during the month of October, new government data shows.

From January to October, a total of 73.86 million foreign tourists have visited Spain, representing a 0.5% increase from the same period last year; the UK accounted for 16.7 million tourists during this time.

British visitor numbers grew by 4.6% during October to 1.73 million, making the UK the largest single foreign tourist market in Spain. Visitor numbers from Germany – the second largest source of tourism – rose by a minimal 0.1% to 1.22 million, while France contributed 913,000 tourists – representing a rise of 8.6%.

The Brits also made up the largest share of foreign tourism in three of Spain’s top destinations, the Canaries (38.2%), Communidad Valenciana (31.6%) and Andalucia (27.9%) and making up the second largest group of tourists in the Balearics – accounting for 26.1% of foreign tourism.

Although tourist numbers are below par this year, there is some encouraging news that spending from foreign tourism rose by 4.6% in October to €8.148 million. Tourist numbers may be down but those that are visiting Spain are spending more whilst here; in the first ten months of the year foreign tourist spending was up by 2.7% to €79.921 million. Within the same period, UK tourist spending grew by 2.5% to €16.237 million, accounting for 20.3% of total foreign expenditure, reports newspaper Murcia Today.

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