Spain exceeds 48 million tourists until July, with an expense of 52,360 million, 3.3% more

In July, 9.9 million tourists visited Spain, 1.3% less

Spain exceeded 48 million international tourists in the first seven months of the year, 1.9% 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 July, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 52,360 million euros, with an increase of 3.3% over the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also published this Monday for Statistics.

In July, 9.9 million international tourists visited Spain, 1.3% less than in the same month last year, who spent 11,980 million euros, 2% more.

The average expenditure per tourist in the seventh month of the year was 1,212 euros, with an annual increase of 3.4%, while the average daily expenditure grew 4.9%, to 160 euros.

From January to July, the United Kingdom, with 10.4 million tourists, remained the first issuing market, with 1.6% less than in the same period of 2018. It was followed by Germany, with 6.5 million tourists and an increase of 2.2%, and France, with 6.1 million visitors, 1.2% less.

Catalonia is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, with almost 11.3 million visitors, 1.5% more than in the first seven months of 2018. Below are the Balearic Islands, with almost 7.9 million ( + 0.2%) and the Canary Islands, with more than 7.6 million tourists (-3.5%).

BRITISH, GERMAN AND FRENCH, THE MOST VISITING US

In the accumulated of the year, British, German and French tourists were the most visited Spain so far this year in that order, with a disparate and moderate behavior. More than 83% of total foreign visitor arrivals until July went by plane, 2.7% more.

From January to July, the United Kingdom, with 10.4 million tourists, remained the first issuing market with a decrease of 1.6% over the same period of 2018. Germany followed with 6.5 million tourists (+ 2.2%), and France, with 6.1 million visitors (-1.2%). In the rest of the countries, the decreases in Switzerland (-5.2%) and Nordic countries (-7.8%) stand out, compared to increases in Russia (+ 11.2%) and the United States (+14.2 %).

Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure until July, 19.5% of the total, with an advance of 1.5% in the first seven months of the year, up to 10,209 million euros. It is followed by Germany (12.8%), which grows 1.7% with 6.720 million euros, France, (7.7%, with a growth of 2% to 4.025 million and the Nordic countries (7.7% ), with a decrease of 7.8% to 4,034 million euros.

The Autonomous Communities with the greatest weight in accumulated expenditure are Catalonia, with 23.6% of the total; Canary Islands, with 18.6%, and the Balearic Islands, with 15.9%.

86.6% of the total foreign tourists who visited Spain so far this year traveled for leisure, recreation and vacations, 2.1% more.

CATALONIA, CANARY ISLANDS AND ANDALUSIA, THE MOST BENEFITED CC.AA.

From January to July, Catalonia is the first destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, exceeding 11.3 million, 1.5% more than in the same period of 2018. French tourist tickets predominated (20.6% ) and the United Kingdom (10.7%).
Tourists who visited Catalonia increased their spending in the first seven months by 4.9%, up to 12,348 million euros, with an average expenditure per tourist of 1,262 euros (+ 5.64%) and an average daily expenditure of 199 euros (+ 11.46%).

It is followed by the Balearic Islands, with almost 7.9 million tourists and an increase of 0.2% over the same period of 2018, with more than 8,304 million euros in expenditure, 2.10% more, and an average of Visitor spending of 1,053 euros (+ 1.87%) and an average daily expenditure of 163 euros (+ 1.99%).

The Canary Islands, with more than 7.6 million visitors until July (-3.5%) was the most demanded destination during the first seven months, followed by Andalusia, with 6.9 million visitors (+ 4%) and the Valencian Community, with 5.3 million tourists (+ 3%).

MORE THAN 21 MILLION WITHOUT TOURIST PACKAGE

By type of accommodation, hotels were chosen by 31.2 million tourists until July, 3.2% more, followed by rental housing (5.2 million tourists), 3.5% less. In July, the segment of the regulated tourist rental fell by 6.9% and in hotels the accommodation increased by 0.4%.

Non-market accommodation (home ownership, family and friends housing and others) fell 3.3% so far this year, and was preferred by 9 million tourists. Those housed in family or friends’ homes decreased 4.3% and those housed in homes owned increased 2.4%. In July, it decreased by 5.2%.