Spain receives 3.7% more tourists in the first quarter

Arrivals without a tourism package rose by 9.1% until March and represent 74.7% of total spending

Spain received 5.6 million international tourists in March, 4.7% more than in the same month of 2018, according to the provisional data of the Survey of Tourist Movements in Frontier (Frontur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) ), which added 14.2 million foreign visitors in the first quarter, 3.7% more than in the first three months of 2018.

During the first three months of the year, the total expenditure of international tourists increased by 4.1% compared to the same period of the previous year, to reach 15,400 million euros.

It must be taken into account that Holy Week, the period in which the national demand in the tourist sector tends to fall, fell last year in March and this year in April.

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, has celebrated the increase in tourist spending that continues its upward trend and the increase in the volume of international tourists because «they demonstrate the robustness of tourism in our country.» «We are encouraged to continue working to strengthen a competitive, sustainable and profitable growth model,» he said.


In the accumulated of the year, British, German and French tourists were the most visited us so far this year by that order, with a disparate and moderate behavior. The United Kingdom issued 2.8 million tourists (-1.6%), Germany almost 1.9 million (+ 0.9%) and France, 1.7 million tourists (+ 0.3%). In the rest of the countries, the increases experienced by Russia (+ 27.2%), Portugal (+ 23.6%) and the United States (+ 18%) stand out.

Regarding the level of expenditure, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure so far this year, 17.3% of the total, with an increase of 1.4% in the first three months of the year, up to 2,667 million of euros. They are followed by Germany (12.6%), which practically remains (-0.1%) with 1,940 million euros, and Nordic countries (-7.1%) with a tourist expenditure of 1,562 million euros.

The Autonomous Communities with the greatest weight in expenditure are the Canary Islands, which captured 30.2% of the total until March; Catalonia (20.8%) and Comunidad de Madrid (14.5%), according to the Egatur tourist expenditure survey data.


The Canary Islands is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain in the first three months of the year, with more than 3.6 million, 1.2% less than in the same period of 2018. British tourist arrivals predominated at archipelago (with 31.6% of the total) and Germans (20%).

Tourists who visited the Canary Islands increased their spending by 4% in the first three months, to a total of 4,656 million euros, with an average expenditure per tourist of 1,266 euros (+ 5.2%) and a daily average cost of 144 euros (+ 2.34%). The average stay was 8.8 days, a decrease of 2.8%.

It is followed by Catalonia, with almost 3.2 million tourists, 3.9% more, as the second most benefited destination. 21% of foreign visitors who visited Catalonia come from France, its first issuing market, and 16% from the rest of the world.

As for spending, Catalonia attracted 3,195 million euros in the first quarter, the second most benefited region, with an increase of 20.8%, and an expenditure per visitor of 993 euros (+ 0.1%) and an expense daily average of 190 euros (-1.2%), and an average stay of 5.2 days, 1.3% more.

The increase of 11.7% of the arrivals of foreign visitors to the Community of Madrid stands out, up to 1.76 million euros, with an expenditure of 2.229 million euros, 14.5% of the total, an increase of 20, two%. 17.7% of tourists arrived in the first quarter of the region came from America (without the US) and 12.6% from the United States.


In March, the expense of international tourists in their trips to Spain reached 6,037 million euros, with an increase of 5.4% over the same month of 2018, according to the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) published also this Wednesday by Statistics.

The average expenditure per tourist in the third month of the year was 1,069 euros, with an annual rebound of 0.7%, while the average daily expenditure grew by 6.1%, to 150 euros.

The United Kingdom, with more than 1.1 million tourists, remained the first issuing market in March, with a decrease of 6.2% compared to the same month of 2018, with an expenditure of 2,667 million euros, a 1, 4% more It was followed by Germany, with 812,433 tourists and a decline of 1.3%, with a fall of 3.5% in spending (827 million euros) and France, with 677,518 visitors, 4.6% more, and an of 430 million euros, 8.4% more.

The Canary Islands is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain, with more than 1.3 million visitors, 0.5% less than in March 2018. Catalonia is next, with almost 1.3 million (+4 , 9%), and Andalusia, with 850,475 tourists (+ 8%).

In terms of spending, the Canary Islands (1,744 million and an increase of 8.2%), Catalonia (1,235 million, 7.8% more) and the Community of Madrid (824 million, or 25.7%) benefited the last month.


By type of accommodation, the hotels were chosen by 8.6 million tourists in the first quarter, 4.3% more, followed by rental housing (1.41 million tourists), without variation. In March, the tourist rental segment rebounded 2.4% and hotels increased by 4.4% in hotels.

The non-market accommodation (home ownership, housing for family and friends and others) grew by 4.2% so far this year, and was preferred by 3.4 million tourists. Those housed in the homes of family or friends grew by 6.6% and 2%, those housed in homes owned.

Almost 11 million tourists arrived in Spain without a tourism package in the first three months of the year, 9.1% more and accounted for 74.7% of the total expenditure (11,515 million euros). Those who preferred to travel with a package were 3.8 million visitors (-8.83).