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Culture becomes a main attraction for Spanish holidays 

More and more people are visiting Spain to specifically enjoy its culture, new figures have revealed.

This sector is a growing trend, says the Spanish Government, and is becoming a huge part of tourism and helping to generate economic activity.

According to the results contained in the 2015 Yearbook of Cultural Statistics, over 19 million tourists gave “culture” as the main reason for visiting Spain during the year.

The results from a specific study conducted for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport on the statistics gathered by the Institute for Tourism Studies indicate that 14.7 per cent of trips made by residents in Spain in 2014 for leisure, recreation or holiday purposes were mainly begun for cultural reasons (12.1 million trips).

The 7.1 million inbound tourists who mainly travelled for cultural reasons in 2014 can be added to this total, a figure that represents 12.6 per cent of all trips made for leisure, recreation or holiday purposes by inbound tourists.

Added to this is the fact that 60.7 per centage of trips made in 2014 by residents in Spain included some sort of cultural activity. This figure stands at 56 per cent for inbound tourists visiting Spain.

Employment in the field of culture rose to 511,800 people in 2014 (483,300 people in 2013, an increase of 5.6 per cent), accounting on average for three per cent of all jobs in Spain over the year.