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Data showed on Wednesday that the foreign tourism to Spain rebounded 64% last year from 2020's historic coronavirus crash but failed to reach half during the pre-pandemic levels shifting travel restrictions and current outbreaks.

The National Statistics Institute (INE) said that there is over 31 million tourists visited in 2021, up from 19 million in 2020, but it is not even half from the 83.5 million who came to Spain last 2019.

Overall, tourists spent 34.82 billion euros ($39.30 billion) in Spain last year, compared with 19.79 billion in 2020 and 91.91 billion in 2019.

Even though Spain become lenient with the entry restrictions in the spring in the hope of increasing the footwork for the coming summer season, the quick changes of COVID restrictions and travel guidelines across Europe makes tourist be hesitant in visiting the region.

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