Officials in Spain said earlier this year they'd be happy to have half as many visitors as the country saw in pre-pandemic times. September's numbers were robust for foreign visitors, but pretty much fell in line with their wishes.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain more than quadrupled in September from a year ago to nearly 4.7 million, official data showed on Wednesday, as widespread vaccination and looser travel restrictions enticed back more visitors.
However, that number was still far below the 8.8 million who came to Spain in September of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Tourists spent a total of 5.04 billion euros ($5.84 billion)($6.25 billion) in the country, soaring from the 964 million euros of the previous year but a long way off the 9.62 billion euros spent in August 2019.
($1 = 0.8638 euros) (Reporting by Nathan Allen, editing by Inti Landauro)
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