Tourism to Spain plunges by 78%

September worse than August due to pandemic

23 October, 12:30

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 23 - The tourism sector continues to plunge in Spain amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to the figures released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE) reported by Spanish media, overnight stays in hotels reserved by tourists dropped by 78% in September compared with the same month the previous year.

    In August, the figure had been 64% less than the same month the previous year.

    Tourism accounts for 12% of Spain's GDP.

    In total, hotel reservations in the first nine months of the year dropped by 71% compared with the same period off the previous year.

    The highest level of hotel rooms occupied in September were in the northern regions of Cantabria and the Asturias with 37% and 35%.

    A bit of hope arrived on Thursday, however, after the UK and Germany revoked their warnings against travel to the Canary Islands, potentially saving part of the winter tourism season in the archipelago. (ANSA).

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