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Canary Islands forest fires force 4,700 out of their homes

The Canary Islands are battling forest fires that have caused around 4,700 people to evacuate their homes.

Spain: A bit of good economic news

Tourism revenues were up significantly in 2011
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Germany may have a great economy but Spain has great beaches as this German tourist in Mallorca would probably be willing to admit. (JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the trouble and strife around the world last year Spain's tourism industry recorded very solid growth. In fact it is because of the trouble and strife that Spain's tourist numbers went up by 8.1 percent.

The political unrest across North Africa meant that European sun worshippers forsook Tunisian and Egyptian beaches for Spanish ones.

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