Spain reports record tourist numbers in July22 August 2014 | 14:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 percent from a year earlier, the tourism ministry said in a statement.
"If the trend continues I think we will have a good August, too," Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria told Cope radio.
Tourism is crucial to the slowly recovering yet jobs-scarce Spanish economy, accounting for about 11 percent of all economic activity.
Spain, the world's third most popular tourism destination after the United States and France, has shown a gradual economic pick-up since emerging from recession in mid-2013 but still suffers from a 24-percent unemployment rate.
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