Spain's tourism revenue nearly halves in January-April amid lockdownSpain's tourism revenue nearly halves in January-April amid lockdown
FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows tourists in a terrace at the beach of Magaluf, July 22, 2011, and the beach empty during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Magaluf

MADRID (Reuters) – No tourists travelled to Spain in April because of the coronavirus lockdown, dragging income from the key sector down by just about half in the first four months of the year, the National Statistics Office (INE) said on Monday.

Tourists only spent 11.7 billion euros ($13.02 billion) between January and April, 48% lower than a year ago, the INE said.

Spain, which entered into lockdown mid-March to contain the pandemic, welcomed only 10.58 million tourists in these four months, half of the visitors that travelled there during the same period last year.

Tourism normally accounts for over 12% of gross domestic product in the world’s second most visited country after France.

($1 = 0.8988 euros)

(Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Andrei Khalip)