The 33rd edition of the Fitur international tourism fair in Madrid closes on Sunday having received 1.3 percent more professional visitors than last year - as many as 120,000 - while attendance by the general public on the weekend remained at a similar level to the 2012 fair.
Fitur 2013 showed a slight improvement in terms of overall visitors this year, with more than 210,000 people attending, according to a preliminary tally.
The increase in professional visitors was greatest among foreigners, where the show saw a 4 percent rise, Fitur's international commercial director, Lourdes Sierra, said.
All continents showed an increase in visitors to Spain this year, especially Africa and Ibero-America, but also the big tourist-sending markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China, Sierra told EFE on Sunday.
With regard to Ibero-America, the number of visitors from Argentina, Colombia and Mexico increased, in particular, coinciding with the significant effort put forth by those countries at the fair.
Another significant figure emerging from the 33rd edition of Fitur was the presence of more than 30 tourism ministers from all over the world, including many from Latin America. EFE