Spain exceeds 58 million tourists until August, with an expenditure of 64,124 million, 3.2% more

In August, 10.1 million tourists visited Spain, 0.5% less

All information about the arrival of foreign tourists to Spain

Spain exceeded 58 million international tourists in the first eight months of the year, 1.5% 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 August, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 64,124 million euros, with an increase of 3.2% over the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also published this Tuesday for Statistics.

In August, 10.1 million international tourists visited Spain, 0.5% less than in the same month last year, who spent 11.765 million euros, 2.7% more.

The average expenditure per tourist in the eighth month of the year was 1,162 euros, with an annual rebound of 3.2%, while the average daily expenditure grew 4.7%, to 146 euros.

From January to August, the United Kingdom, with 12.65 million tourists, remained the first issuing market, with 1.8% fewer visitors compared to the same period of 2018. France followed, with 8.1 million tourists and a decrease of 2.1%, and Germany, with 7.7 million visitors, practically the same as in the same period of 2018.

Catalonia is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, with 13.6 million visitors, 0.7% more than in the first eight months of 2018. Below are the Balearic Islands, with 10.1 million (-0 , 2%) and the Canary Islands, with more than 8.6 million tourists (-3.7%).

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 downward behavior. The airway is the one that gave entry to the greatest number of tourists in August, with more than 7.5 million, which represents an annual increase of 1.1%.

From January to August, the United Kingdom, with 12.6 million tourists, remained the first issuing market with a decrease of 1.8% compared to the same period of 2018. Germany followed with 7.7 million tourists (without variation), and France, with 8.1 million visitors (-2.1%). In the rest of the countries, the decreases in Nordic countries (-7.2%) stand out, compared to increases in Russia (+ 9%) and the United States (+ 13.6%).

Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure until August, 21.4% of the total, with an advance of 1.3% in the first eight months of the year, up to 12,732 million euros. It is followed by France (13.5%), which grows 2.4% with 5,611 million euros, Germany that falls 0.6% to 8,018 million euros, and the Nordic countries whose expenditure 6.3% to 4,580 million euros.

In the first eight months of 2019 the Autonomous Communities with the highest accumulated expenditure are Catalonia, with 23.6% of the total; Canary Islands, with 17.5%, and the Balearic Islands, with 17.3%.

Leisure was the main reason to travel to Spain for 51 million tourists, while another 3.4 million did so for professional reasons and another 3.6 million for other reasons. Tourists visiting Spain for leisure generate 94.1% of the total expenditure (with a disbursement 3.6% higher than in August 2018).

CATALUÑA, BALEARES Y CANARIAS, THE MOST BENEFITED CC.AA.

From January to August, Catalonia was the first destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, exceeding 13.6 million, 0.7% more than in the same period of 2018. French tourist tickets predominated (30.1% ) and the United Kingdom (11.3%).

Tourists who visited Catalonia increased their spending in the first eight months by 4.3%, to 15,129 million euros, with an average expenditure per tourist of 1,179 euros (+ 5.2%) and an average daily expenditure of 175 euros (+ 8.3%).

It is followed by the Balearic Islands, with almost 10.1 million tourists and a decrease of 0.2% compared to the same period of 2018, with more than 11,112 million euros in expenditure, 1.8% more, and an average of visitor expenditure of 1,244 euros (+ 2.9%) and an average daily expenditure of 167 euros (+ 3.2%).

The Canary Islands registered more than 8.67 million visitors until August (-3.7%), followed by Andalusia, with 8.3 million visitors (+ 3%) and the Valencian Community, with 6.5 million tourists (+ 3.9%). Madrid reached 5 million visitors, 9.2% more.

THE HOTELS ARE THE FAVORITE

Non-market accommodation (home ownership, family and friends housing and others) fell 3.8% so far this year, and was preferred by 10.8 million tourists. Those housed in family or friends’ homes decreased 4.4% and those housed in homes owned increased 3%. In July, they grew 6.4%.