Spain saw a decrease in its tourism sector during September, when reports showed that 9.4% less tourists visited the country than during the previous year, during the same time frame.

During the first nine months of 2009, the number of people arriving in Spain was also down by about 10%, with the market of German and British tourists dropping down particularly hard.

From January to September of 2009 the amount of British holiday goers in Spain decreased by about 15.5%, which was accredited to the recession. German arrivals saw a decrease of about 11.5%.

The numbers are substantial for Spain, where tourism is the second largest industry, and accounts for about 14% of the Spanish GDP. Aside from the affects of the recession, Spain has also seen its tourism numbers drop as a result of lower prices in the competing Eastern Mediterranean area.