The Spanish tourism sector will be boosted by the injection of cash to save the country's ailing banks, it has been claimed.
Secretary general of the UN World Tourism Agency Taleb Rifai told Reuters he believes the country will gain from the cash injection as it will ensure more money can be lent to the sector to develop facilities for visitors.
He said: "What we're hoping is that part of any funds that will be made available for stimulation will include tourism, because tourism will pay back."
The country is suffering high unemployment, but saw its tourist industry do well last year as unrest in north Africa meant people stayed on the other side of the Mediterranean.
Britons travelling on ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao
can enjoy some established attractions in the city, such as the Guggenheim museum.
Current exhibitions include a display of landscape works by British artist David Hockney, which will run until September 30th 2012.
Posted by Mark Robinson