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Soaking up some Spanish sun

The Sagrada Familia temple is surrounded by construction cranes in Barcelona November 4, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Spain on November 6 and consecrate the Sagrada Familia, the famous unfinished work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, as a basilica on Sunday. (REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino)

Soaking up some Spanish sun

Sunseekers spurning unrest in Egypt and Turkey flocked to Spain in record numbers last month, setting the country up for its best-ever year for visitors and giving a boost to the ailing economy. "It is very likely that 2013 will be the best year historically for tourism," Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria told a news conference on Monday, adding that estimates for the fourth quarter were positive.

Tourism contributed over 5 percent of Spain's economy or GDP in 2012 and provided around 900,000 jobs, according to Euromonitor, in a country where one in four is out of work, meaning a boost to tourist figures should be good news as other sectors flag. (Reuters)