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Foreign tourism to Spain soars in 2021, but far below pre-pandemic level

Randy Mancini 21 Feb 2
Tourists and locals watch the sunset by La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
FILE PHOTO: Tourists and locals watch the sunset by La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera

February 2, 2022

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain registered 31.1 million foreign tourists last year, a jump from 19 million in 2020 as most pandemic restrictions were lifted, but still far below the 83.5 million who came in 2019, the national statistics institute (INE) said on Wednesday.

The number of foreign visitors in December was 2.95 million, compared to just 649,000 a year earlier.

Tourists spent 34.82 billion euros ($39.30 billion) in Spain last year, compared to 19.79 billion in 2020 and 91.91 billion in 2019. ($1 = 0.8859 euros)

(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Christina Thykjaer; Editing by Kevin Liffey)