Spain maintains 66 million tourist arrivals until September, with 2.5% more spending

Spain surpassed 66.2 million international tourists in the first nine months of the year without variation with respect to the same period of 2017, according to the provisional data of the Survey of Frontier Tourist Movements (Frontur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics ( INE), after receiving 0.5% more visitors in September, with 8.9 million.

In January, the expense of international tourists reached 71,773 million euros, with an increase of 2.5% over the same period of 2017, according to the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) published also today.

In September, Spain received 8.9 million international visitors, 0.5% more than in the same month of 2017, with an expenditure of 9,543 million euros, 0.7% more than in the same month of 2017. It is resumed Thus, the growth path after registering a fall of 1.9% in August, which did not occur since August 2009.

The average daily cost per tourist in September was 1,069 euros (+ 0.2%), while the daily grew by 3% (147 euros). The average duration was 7.3 days, a decrease of 0.2 days.

According to Statistics, which recalls that these data will be reviewed, the average expenditure until September per tourist is 1,084 euros (+ 2.48%), with a daily average of 146 euros (+ 6%). The average duration of the trip is 7.4 days, somewhat less.

Hikers (who do not spend the night) grow by 3.9%, while tourists who stay for more than 15 nights go down by 4.5%. Those who increase the most (+ 8.3%) are those with overnight stays. The bulk stays between 4 and 7 nights (31 million, + 0.9%).

In a statement, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, has valued “very positively” these data because they note “the stabilization of tourism flows”, which is accompanied by an “important” growth in tourism spending: “This is the way to go. ” “These figures encourage us to continue working, more and better, to maintain the leadership of our country as a world tourism power,” he added.


By markets, the United Kingdom (with close to 15 million foreign tourists) remained the first issuing market but registered a decrease of 3% a year earlier; France followed with almost 9.4 million international tourists (+ 0.6%) and Germany, with almost 9.1 million visitors, 5.4% less. Of the rest, the increase in arrivals from the USA (+ 8.7%), Portugal (+ 8.6%) and Russia (+ 5.3%) stand out.

From January to September, British visitors spent 14,619 million euros, an increase of 1.9%, with 20.4% of the total received. The average expenditure per tourist of 977 euros (+ 5%) and a daily expenditure of 127 euros (+ 5%) until September. The average duration of the trip was maintained (7.7 days).

France followed with almost 9.3 million international tourists, practically the same, and an expenditure of 6,194 million euros, 5.5% more (8.6% of the total). The average expenditure per tourist is 659 euros (+ 4.8%) with an average daily expenditure of 93 euros (+ 5.5%). However, the average duration of the trip was reduced (7.1 days, 0.64% less).

In third place was Germany, with 9 million visitors, 5.4% less, and an expenditure of 9.544 million euros, 3% less (13.3% of the total). The average expenditure per tourist so far this year was 1,051 euros (+ 2.53%) with an average daily cost of 134 euros (+ 7.5%). The average duration of the trip was maintained at 7.9 days (-4.6).

From the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Noriega and Sweden – 4.43 million tourists arrived until September, 0.7% more, with an expenditure of 9,544 million euros, 3% less (a 7.5 % of the total). The average expenditure per tourist was 1,212 euros (+ 1.9%), the highest level, with an average daily expenditure of 142 euros (+ 2.16%). The average duration was 8.5 days (-0.23).

In the rest of the countries, there was an increase in tourists from the United States (+ 8.7%) and Russia (+ 5.3%) compared to the falls in Switzerland (-7.9%) and Ireland (-0). , 9%).


Catalonia is the main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain until September, with more than 15.4 million, 2.3% less than in the same period of 2017, followed by the Balearic Islands, with more than 12.2 million visitors (-0.5%), and Canarias, with almost 10.1 million, 3.4% less, according to Frontur data.

The Autonomous Communities with the greatest weight in expenditure are Catalonia, which captured 23.4% of the total until September; Balearic Islands (18.3%) and Balearic Islands (17.4%), according to the provisional data of Egatur.

From January to September, tourists who visited Catalonia increased their spending by 1.2% to 16,801 million euros, with an average expenditure per tourist of 1,087 euros (+ 8.4%) and a daily expenditure of 185 euros (+10 ,5%). The average stay was 5.9 days (1.95 less).

The stages of travel in September fell by 0.4%, affecting especially Catalonia, since 23% of these trips are made to this destination (+ 2.8%).

In the Balearic Islands, it received 12.2 million visitors (-0.5%) with an expenditure of 13,111 million euros, 1% more. The average expenditure per tourist was 1,075 euros (+ 1.53%) and an average daily expenditure of 158 euros (+ 8.2%). The average duration was shortened to 6.8. In September, it was the first destination, with 22.8% of total arrivals and two million tourists, 1.1% more. Mainly from Germany (33% of the total) and the United Kingdom (26.5%).

It is followed by the Canary Islands, with 10 million tourists, 3.4% less, after falling 6.5% in September due to the retreat of the British and Germans. In the Canary archipelago, 39.5% of foreigners who arrived in the archipelago in September come from the United Kingdom, its first issuing market, and 21.8% from the German aggregate.

As for spending, the Canary Islands captured 12,474 million euros, 2.2% more, with an expenditure per visitor of 1,241 euros (+ 5.8%) above the national average (daily of 145 euros, +6.2 %) and an average stay of 8.6 days, somewhat less.

Of the rest, the Valencian Community stands out with 7.4 million visitors until September, 2.2% more, who spent 7,252 million euros (+ 3.97%). The average expenditure per tourist was 977 euros (+1.7) while the daily average amounted to 99 euros (+ 1.4%). The stay is the highest in Spain with 9.9 days, somewhat longer.

The Community of Madrid added 5.28 million visitors until September, 4.4% more, with an expenditure of 6.890 million euros (+ 2.34%). The average expenditure per tourist was 1,304 (-1.9%), the highest, with a daily average of 238 euros (+ 9.7%). The duration of the trip was reduced to 5.5 days, almost half.


The hotels were chosen by 42 million tourists, 1.4% more, followed by rental housing (7.7 million tourists), 1.1% less among the market accommodations that involve a payment transaction. Total spending on hotels amounted to 45,346 million through August (+ 4.7%).

In September, market accommodation grew by 0.7%. The rental segment rose by 7.7% compared to the 0.4% drop in hotel accommodation. Non-market housing decreased by 0.3%.

Non-market housing (home ownership, housing for family and friends and others) decreased by 4.2% until September with 12.7 million tourists. Those staying in homes of family or friends fell by 4.9% and in homes owned by 1.5%. In expense, it amounted to 11,920 million euros, 3.24% less.

Almost 81% of the entries of foreign tourists was by plane. Of the total number of visitors (66.2 million), 46.7 million arrived in Spain without a tourism package (-0.2%), almost 69% of the total expenditure (49.452 million euros). With a package, 19.5 million visitors arrived (+ 0.4%).