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British holidaymakers increase spending in Spain 

Spain received 8.5 million international tourists during the month of June, which represents an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to the same month of 2017 and expenditure was 9,395 million euros, 4.5 per cent more.

The figures are the result of surveys of Tourist Movements in Border (FRONTUR) and Tourist Expenditure (EGATUR) prepar-ed by the National Institute of Statistics.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has welcomed the figures, saying it consolidates Spain in a leading position, especially due to the competitiveness of the destination.

In the first six months of 2018, more than 37 million tourists (1.8 per cent more) visited Spain, spending 38.944 million euros, which repre-sents an increase of 4.2 per cent. The average daily ex-penditure of tourists grows by 6.2 per cent, standing at 152 euros.

Among the main emitting markets, the United Kingdom stands out, where about 2.2 million tourists came from, Germany, with more than 1.2 million tourists and France, with 902,620 tourists and a growth of 5.3%. The most dynamic markets were the Netherlands, Russia and the United States with tourist increases of over 11% compared to the previous year.

By national destinations, the Balearic Islands was the main autonomous community, with more than 2.1 million international visitors, which represents an increase of 0.9 per cent compared to June last year. It is followed by Catalonia, with close to 2.1 million and a rise of 3.2 per cent; and Andalusia, with almost 1.2 million and an annual increase of 0.3 per cent.

The autonomous communi-ties of main destination with the highest expenditure in the month of June are Catalonia (with 2,402 million euros, 13.6 per cent in annual rate more), the Balearic Islands (with 2,147 million and an increase of 0.7 per cent) and Andalusia (with 1,288 million, decreases by 2.8 per cent).

As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest cumulative expenditure with 2,033 million euros (+ 5.2 per cent). They are followed by Germany, with 1,233 million (-12.3 per cent) and France with 612 million (+ 14.6 per cent).