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Spain hopes to attract in 2021 "about 45 million Foreign tourists, "a little more than half of the number of visitors received in 2019 before the start of the health crisis, said the Spanish Minister of Tourism on Wednesday.
"It is a cautious, realistic forecast, than to recover half of the international tourists we had received in 2019," said Reyes Maroto at a press conference.
In 2019, Spain had welcomed 83.5 million foreign tourists, ranking second world tourist destination after France.
"Spain is ready to reopen very soon to the world," Ms. Maroto said at the launch of Spain's tourist promotion campaign for this summer.
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This campaign primarily targets European tourists, particularly the United Kingdom, which provided before the pandemic the first contingent of foreign visitors in Spain, with 18 million tourists in 2019.
France and Germany are also part of the world. first target countries.
"We are providing us with instruments that will allow safe mobility," she added, alluding to the European Pass who must enter into force in June.
Regarding the United Kingdom, a revision of the European authorities' travel recommendations on May 20 could allow Spain to welcome British citizens again, said the minister.
In 2020, the number of foreign tourists had collapsed by 77% over one year in Spain, falling below the 19 million, while the country's economy is highly dependent on the tourism industry.
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