Spain exceeded 79.3 million international tourists in the first eleven months of 2019, 1.2% 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 November of last year, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 87,265 million euros, with an increase of 3% compared to the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) also published this Friday by Statistics.
Last November, 4.7 million international tourists visited Spain, 2.8% more than in the same month of 2018, who spent 5,068 million euros, 3.7% more.
The average expenditure per tourist in the penultimate month of 2019 was 1,086 euros, with an annual recovery of 0.8%, while the average daily expenditure grew 4.6%, to 161 euros.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, has considered this data very positive because «they demonstrate that the actions undertaken to advance in the seasonal adjustment through the diversification of products and markets are paying off» and has assessed that, in the absence of the data December, Spain has once again surpassed the record of tourist spending and arrival of visitors, «thus fulfilling the forecasts of the Government.»
BRITISH, GERMAN AND FRENCH, THE MOST VISITING
In the accumulated of the year, British, German and French tourists were the ones who visited Spain the most, although all recorded declines compared to the previous year. The airway is the one that gave the entrance to a greater number of tourists until November, with more than 65.1 million, 2% more.
From January to November, the United Kingdom, with 17.3 million tourists (-2.2%) remained the first issuing market, followed by Germany, with almost 10.7 million (-1.8%) and France, with 10.6 million tourists (-1.3%).
In the rest of the countries, the declines of tourists from the Nordic countries (-4.5%) and the Netherlands (-4.4%) stand out, compared to increases in tourists from the United States (+ 13%) and the rest of America (+ 10.6%).
Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure until November, with 19.7% of the total. It is followed by Germany, with 12.8%, and France, with 8.3%.
The United Kingdom has an accumulated expense in these eleven months of 17.2 billion euros, which is 0.5% more than a year earlier, while Germany accumulates 11,147 million euros (-2.2%) and French tourists reach 7,241 million euros (+ 2.6%). The largest decrease in the amount of expenditure was given by tourists from the Nordic countries, as it was 4.2% lower than the first eleven months of 2018, with a total of 6,305 million euros.
Leisure was the main reason to travel to Spain until November for 69.5 million tourists, while 5 million did it for business or other professional reasons and 4.7 million for other reasons.
CATALONIA, BALEARIC AND CANARY ISLANDS, THE MOST VISITED
In the first eleven months of the year the autonomous communities of Catalonia, with almost 18.4 million tourists (+ 0.8%); Balearic Islands, with almost 13.6 million tourists (-0.8%), and the Canary Islands, with more than 11.9 million tourists (-4.4%), received the most visitors.
They are followed by Andalusia, with 11.5 million tourists (+ 3.5%); Comunidad Valenciana, with 9.1 million (+ 3.8%), and Comunidad de Madrid, with 7.1 million (+ 7.5%).
Spain received 79 million tourists until November, with an expenditure of 87,265 million, 3% more
Tourists who visited Catalonia increased spending by 4.3% until November, reaching 20,250 million, which represents 23.2% of the total in Spain. On the other hand, spending in the Canary Islands decreased 0.7%, to 15.374 million euros, which represents 17.6% of the total, while in the Balearic Islands it increased 1.1%, to 14,734 million euros (16.9%).
THE HOTELS ARE THE PREFERRED
By type of accommodation, the hotels were chosen by 52 million tourists until November, 3.7% more, followed by rental housing (8.9 million tourists), 3.1% less.
Non-market accommodation (home ownership, family and friends housing and others) fell 4.2% so far this year, and was chosen by 14.4 million tourists. Those housed in family or friends’ homes decreased 4.3% and those housed in homes owned increased 2.1%.
Until November, a total of 57 million tourists have arrived in our country without a tourist package (+ 3.7%), compared to the more than 22.3 million that arrived with a package (-4.7%).