VISIT BOOST: More than 900,000 tourists in Madrid in October

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TOURIST RISE: October was one of the best months on records for Madrid tourism. Photo credit: Shutterstock

MORE THAN 900,000 people visited the Spanish capital of Madrid last month, an increase of five per cent on September and the highest figure on record.

It comes also figures from Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) showed almost 9,634,770 people visited Madrid during the last 12 months. That is a rise of 3.1 per cent on the previous 12 months.

There were also almost 1,834,000 overnight stays in the city during October, 4.6 per cent more than in the same month in 2017.

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The number of tourists in the Spanish capital rose by 5.5 per cent year-on-year. That is higher than the same figure for the Madrid Region, 5.3 per cent, and Spain as a whole, 2.3.

A total of 42 more hotels had opened from October 2017 to the end of last month, bringing the total open to 827.

The increase in hotel openings means there are 2,888 more beds available in the city than there were 12 months ago, an increase of 3.4 per cent.

Hotel employment rates have risen by 1.1 per cent in total year-on-year, with 11,817 workers employed in the sector.

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