Nearly six million people (5,914,561) visited Madrid in 2005, representing an increase of 11.2 per cent on 2004. The Spanish capital had 40 per cent more visitors than Barcelona. The majority of visitors were Spaniards from Andalusia, Catalonia and Valencia. The most numerous non-Spanish visitors were from the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. Sixty per cent of hotel bookings were for 4 and 5 star hotels, with many visitors coming to the city for conferences and sporting events. The local council now has a tourism budget of almost 20 million euros to deal with the influx of visitors.
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