Spain exceeded 67.1 million international tourists in the first nine months of the year, 1.3% 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 September, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 73,830 million euros, with an increase of 3% over the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also published this Monday by Statistics.
In September, the month in which the crisis of the British tour operator Thomas Cook broke out, 8.9 million international tourists visited Spain, 0.2% less than in the same month last year, who spent 9,706 million euros , 1.7% more.
The average expenditure per tourist in the ninth month of the year was 1,089 euros, with an annual rebound of 1.9%, while the average daily expenditure grew 2.8%, to 151 euros.
From January to September, the United Kingdom, with 14.8 million tourists, remained the first issuing market, with 1.6% fewer visitors compared to the same period of 2018. France followed, with 9.1 million tourists and a decrease of 2.4%, and Germany, with 9 million visitors, 1% less.
Catalonia is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, with 15.6 million visitors, 0.6% more than in the first nine months of 2018. Below are the Balearic Islands, with 12.1 million (-0 , 4%) and Andalusia, with more than 9.7 million tourists (+ 3.4%).
BRITISH, GERMAN AND FRENCH, THE MOST VISITING SPAIN
Spain exceeds 67 million tourists until September, with an expense of 73,830 million, 3% more
In the accumulated of the year, British, German and French tourists were the most visited Spain, with a downward behavior. From January to September, the United Kingdom, with 14.7 million tourists, remained the first issuing market with a decrease of 1.6%. It was followed by Germany with 8.9 million (-1%) and France, with 8.1 million visitors (-2.4%). In the rest of the countries, the decreases in the Nordic countries (-6%) and the Netherlands (-4.6%) stand out, compared to increases in the United States (+ 14.2%) and Portugal (+8.5 %).
Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure until September, with 20% of the total, with an advance of 1.2% in the first nine months of the year, to 14,781 million euros. It is followed by Germany (12.6%), which falls 1.8% with 9,334 million euros, and France, which accounts for 8.6%, with an increase of 1.9% to 6,322 million euros.
In the first nine months of 2019, the Autonomous Communities with the highest accumulated expenditure were Catalonia, with 26.3% of the total, the Canary Islands, with 17.9% and the Canary Islands, with 16.9%.
Leisure was the main reason to travel to Spain for 59.1 million tourists until September, while 3.9 did so for work and 4 million for other reasons. Tourists visiting Spain for leisure generated 90% of the total expenditure, with a disbursement 1.9% higher.
CATALUÑA, BALEARES AND ANDALUCÍA, THE MOST BENEFITED
From January to September, Catalonia was the first destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, exceeding 15.6 million tourists and an increase of 0.6% over the same period of the previous year, followed by the Balearic Islands, with 12, 1 million and a decrease of 0.4%, and Andalusia, with more than 9.7 million, 3.4%.
During these months, the Autonomous Communities of main destination with the highest accumulated expenditure were Catalonia, with 23.6% of the total, Balearic Islands (17.9%) and Canary Islands (16.9%).
In Catalonia, spending amounts to 17,406 million euros, 4.3% more, while in the Balearic Islands it reached 13,246 million euros (+ 1.6%) and in the Canary Islands 12,464 million euros, invariable.
By type of accommodation, hotels were chosen by 43.7 million tourists until September, 4% more, followed by rental housing (7.6 million tourists), 4.3% less. In September, hotel accommodation grew 1.5% compared to the 0.3% growth in rental housing.
Non-market accommodation (home ownership, family and friends housing and others) fell 3.8% so far this year, and was chosen by 12.2 million tourists. Those housed in family or friends’ homes decreased 4% and those housed in homes owned increased 2.7%. In September, they decreased 3.5%.