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According to a study conducted by the Agència Catalana de Turisme, Catalonia has recovered 88% of international tourism this year, compared to 2019. There has also been an increase in business tourism, with 81% compared to 2019.

On the other hand, the most visited tourists were from the United States, 33.5% more than three years ago. This was followed by the Dutch with an increase of 24.11% and Switzerland and the Nordic countries with almost a quarter. Although the figures for France and Ireland were only 5% more than in 2019.

Although the figures are positive compared to 2019, expenditure and overnight stays are still lower than in the year before the pandemic. According to research, these facts are conditioned by the closure of powerful international markets such as Japan, Russia and China.

“We have to look at where we are and put the tools in place to adapt to the medium and long-term transformations,” said the Minister for Enterprise, Roger Torrent, looking ahead to 2023, and affirming that it will be a key year for defining what tourism is expected in the territory.

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