Spain expects as many as 45mln foreign tourists this year, minister says

Foreign tourism to Spain plunged 80% last year from 83.5mln visitors in 2019

  
A woman sunbathes amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Plaza Mayor square in Madrid, Spain June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

A woman sunbathes amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Plaza Mayor square in Madrid, Spain June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

MADRID - Spain expects foreign tourist arrivals to reach as many as 45 million this year, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Wednesday at a presentation of Spain's promotional campaign to entice visitors back this summer.

Foreign tourism to Spain plunged 80% last year from 83.5 million visitors in 2019 as pandemic restrictions brought leisure travel to a virtual standstill.

The government has previously said it expects tourism to reach half its pre-pandemic levels this year.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro, Editing by Nathan Allen) ((n.allen@thomsonreuters.com; +34 617 792 131;))


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