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A Grim Year for the Spanish Tourism Industry Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Stretched Into September

October 23, 2020

MADRID — A grim year for the Spanish tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic stretched into September, when overnight hotel stays were down 78% on the same month last year.

Spain is the world’s second most popular vacation destination, after France, but hotel stays in the first nine months of 2020 were down 71% from 2019, the national statistics agency said Friday.

September was the seventh straight month to record a sharp drop.

Before the pandemic, tourism generated 12% of Spain’s GDP and provided 2.6 million jobs.

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