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Spanish sun draws record tourist numbers in 2013

Published on Jan 19, 2014 12:21 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Record numbers of foreign tourists poured into Spain in 2013 to bake on sunny beaches but a new challenge lies ahead: luring them to holiday spots inland.

An unprecedented 60.4 million foreign tourists came to Spain last year, spending an estimated 45.1 billion euros (S$77.9 billion), according to industry association Exceltur.

The visitors came mostly from Britain, Germany and France, with a jump in Russian tourist numbers, too, it said.

"It was a really good year which gives us a lot of hope after some difficult years," Exceltur president Amancio Lopez told AFP.

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