Spain closes 2019 with 83.7 million foreign tourists, 1.1% more and new historical record

Tourists spent 92,278 million, 2.8% higher than 2018 and also record high

In 2019, Spain managed to beat its historical record for international tourist arrivals for the seventh consecutive year, with a record of 83.7 million visitors, which represents a 1.1% increase over the previous year, according to data from the Frontur survey published by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

During 2019, foreign tourists who visited Spain spent a total of 92.278 million euros, new historical maximum and a figure 2.8% higher than in 2018, according to the tourist expenditure survey (Egatur) published also by the agency on Monday statistical.

Last December, Spain visited 4.3 million international tourists, 0.9% less than in the same month of 2018, which made an expenditure of 5,013 million euros, which represents 0.1% more than in the same month of 2018.

The average expenditure per tourist in the last month of the year was 1,162 euros, with an annual increase of 1%, while the average daily expenditure grew by 8% to 147 euros. The average travel duration of international tourists was 7.9 days, a decrease of 0.5 days compared to the average of December 2018.

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, celebrates «the good figures with which she has closed 2019 reaching a new record in arrival of international tourists and in expenditure and showing the dynamism of tourism in a year not without difficulties such as Brexit and the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook. »

In his opinion, «these magnificent data allow us to face 2020 with solid pillars and with the confidence that we have a strong sector capable of maintaining Spain as a world leader in tourism competitiveness.»


During 2019, the main issuing markets for tourists arriving in Spain were the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The United Kingdom, with 18 million tourists, 2.4% less, remained the main issuer of visitors, followed by Germany, with 11.1 million tourists, 2.1% less and France, with 11.1 million of tourists, 1.2% less.

In the rest of the countries, the decreases in the Netherlands (-4%), Switzerland (-3.1%), and the Nordic countries (-4.4%) stand out, compared with increases of 12.6% of tourists from the United States, 10.9% from the rest of America and 6.9% from Russia.

The airway was the entrance to a greater number of tourists in the whole of the year, about 68.7 million (1.7% more), followed by the road 12.8 million (-1.2%), train 347,018 (2.6%) and port 1.9 million (-5.2%).

By type of accommodation, the market was used by 68.3 million tourists (2.4% more) and the non-market for 15.4 million (4.5% less).

Catalonia was the main destination community during 2019, with 19.3 million tourists, 0.8% more than in 2018. Behind the Balearic Islands, with 13.6 million, 1.2% less, and the Canary Islands, with 13.1 million and a decrease of 4.4%. It is followed by Andalusia with 12 million (3.4% more), Valencia 9.5 million (3.9% more) and Madrid 7.6 million (7% more).


Regarding the level of expenditure, the country that made the most expenditure in 2019 was the United Kingdom, with 17,986 million euros, 0.2% more than in 2018.

It was followed by Germany (with 11,722 million and a decrease of 2.1%) and France (with 7,596 million and an increase of 2.6%).

It is followed by the Nordic countries with 6,788 million euros, 3.8% less, and Italy, with 3,566 million euros (5.9% more).

The average daily expenditure in the last year was 154 euros, 5.8% more with an average travel time of 7.2 days, representing a decrease of 3.9%.

The Autonomous Communities that concentrated the highest total expenditure in 2019 were Catalonia (with 21,325 million, 4.1% more than in 2018), the Canary Islands (with 16,866 million and a decrease of 1.4%) and Balearic Islands (with 14,878 million and an increase of 0.8%).

The transport expense (not included in the tourist package) was the main item in 2019, with 20.2% of the total annual expenditure and an increase of 2.6% compared to 2018.

The following items were tourist package spending and activity spending, with 20% and 19.8% of the total, respectively. The first fell by 2.1% in annual rate, while the second increased by 9.3%.

64.2% of the total expenditure in 2019 was made by tourists who spent the night in hotel accommodations, with an annual increase of 4.4%. On the other hand, the expenditure of those who spent the night in rest of the market accommodation increased by 0.9%.