Spain exceeds 38 million tourists until June, with 3.7% more spending

In June, 8.8 million tourists visited Spain, 3.2% more

Spain exceeded 38.2 million international tourists in the first half, 2.8% more than in the same period of 2018, according to the provisional data of the Survey of Tourist Movements in Frontier (Frontur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Until June, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 40,380 million euros, with an increase of 3.7% over the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also published this Thursday by Statistics.

In June, 8.8 million international tourists visited Spain, 3.2% more than in the same month last year, who spent 9,696 million euros, 3.5% more.

The average expenditure per tourist in the sixth month of the year was 1,098 euros, with an annual rebound of 0.3%, while the average daily expenditure grew 8.2%, to 163 euros.

In the accumulated year, the average expenditure per visitor stands at 1,058 euros (+ 0.9%) and 154 the average daily expenditure (+ 6.9%). The average stay in the year is 6.9 days (-5.65%).


The British, German and French tourists visited us the most during the first half of the year in that order, with uneven and moderate behavior. More than 84% of the total arrivals of foreign visitors to Spain until June were by plane, 3.7% more.

From January to June, the United Kingdom, with 8.3 million tourists, remained the first issuing market, with 1.4% less unchanged compared to the same period of 2018. Germany followed, with 5.3 million tourists and an increase of 3.4%, and France, with 4.6 million visitors, 2.2% less.

In the rest of the countries, the decreases in Switzerland (-4.1%) and Nordic countries (-6.6%) stand out, compared to increases in Russia (+ 13.2%) and the United States (+12.8 %).

Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure until June, 19.2% of the total, with an advance of 1% in the first half, to 7.747 million euros. It is followed by Germany (13.2%), which grows 2.1% with 5,313 million euros, and the whole of the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden -, with a fall of 6.2% (3,142 million), which represents 7.8% of total expenditure, according to the data from the Egatur survey.

The Autonomous Communities with the greatest weight in accumulated expenditure are Catalonia, which captured 23.2% of the total, being also the first chosen destination; Canary Islands (20.4%) and Andalusia (13.7%).

85.4% of the total foreign tourists who visited Spain so far this year traveled for leisure, recreation and vacations, 3% more. 32.5% of the total were hikers, those who did not spend the night, which increased 2.7%, and the tourists of longer duration (more than 15 nights) amounted to 2.2 million (-4%). With all the average majority stay is four to seven nights with 18.8 million tourists (+ 3.2%).


Catalonia is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain during the first semester, with almost 8.9 million visitors, 2.5% more than in the first six months of 2018. French tourist tickets predominated (with 16.7% of the total).

Tourists who visited Catalonia increased their spending in the first six months by 5.3%, to 9,349 million euros, with an average expenditure per tourist of 1,053 euros (+ 2.7%) and an average daily expenditure of 203 euros (+ 4.2%). The average stay was 5.2 days (+ 1.4%).

Below are the Canary Islands, with 6.6 million (-2.8%) as the second most-benefited destination also in expenditure with 8.252 million euros, 1.8% more, with an expenditure per visitor of 1,249 euros (+4, 7%), the highest figure, an average daily expenditure of 146 euros (+ 2.8%) and an average stay of 8.6 days (+ 1.8%). 43% of foreign visitors come from the United Kingdom, its first issuing market, and 12.2% from German.

Andalusia, with 5.6 million tourists (+ 6.3%) was the third most demanded destination for visitors arriving in Spain. The United Kingdom was the main country of origin, with 25.2% of the total, followed by Nordic countries (10.8%). As regards spending, it captured 5,549 million euros, 1.95% less.

It is followed by the Balearic Islands with 5.5 million visitors (+ 1.9%) and an expense of 5.412 million euros (+ 2.27%), where Germany was the first tourist market with 31.6% of the total , and the Valencian Community with 4.1 million (+ 1%) and an expense of 3,951 million euros, 4.29% more, with the United Kingdom as the first issuer (32.8%).