Spain received the visit of more than 9.8 million international tourists in the first seven months of the year, which represents a 25.8% less than in the same period of 2020, due to the crisis situation caused by the pandemic, according to data published this Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Specifically, the main countries of origin in the first seven months of this year were: France, with about 2.1 million tourists and an increase of 1.8% compared to the same period in 2020, Germany, with almost 1.9 million and an increase of 6.4% and Rest of Europe, with more than 1.1 million tourists, 0.3% more.
The expenditure made by foreign tourists who visited Spain in the first seven months decreased by 23.2% compared to the same period of 2020, until reaching 10,996 million euros.
However, in the month of July alone, about 4.4 million international tourists visited Spain, 78.3% more than in the same month of 2020, according to Europa Press.
France was the main country, with 874,189 tourists, representing 19.9% of the total and an increase of 46.6% compared to July 2020. They are followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Specifically, Germany contributed 707,331 visitors, 64.5% more in the annual rate, and the United Kingdom 555,183, 46.5% more.
The total expenditure made by international tourists who visited Spain in July reached 5,231 million euros, which represents an increase of 112.8% compared to the same month in 2020.
Average spending per tourist was 1,190 euros, with an annual increase of 19.3%. For its part, the average daily expenditure grew by 16%, to 144 euros.
The average duration of international tourists’ trips was 8.3 days, an increase of 0.3 days compared to the July 2020 average.
BALEARIC ISLANDS, LEAD IN EXPENDITURE AND DESTINATION
Balearic Islands was the first main destination for tourists in July, with 30.0% of the total. They were followed by Catalonia (18.5%) and Comunitat Valenciana (13.8%).
1.3 million visitors reached the Balearic Islands, a 124.3% more than in July 2020. The main countries of residence for tourists from this community were Germany (with 385,352) and the United Kingdom (with 294,323).
In the accumulated of the first seven months of 2021, the communities that received the most tourists are the Balearic Islands (with almost 2.6 million and an increase of 152% compared to the same period in 2020), Catalonia (with almost 1.8 million and a decrease 34.9%) and Andalusia (with more than 1.2 million, 35.4% less).
Furthermore, the main destination autonomous communities with the greatest weight in tourist spending in July were the Balearic Islands (with 31.2% of the total), Catalonia (16.7%) and the Valencian Community (13.8%).
Tourist spending increased by 155.6% in the Balearic Islands compared to July 2020, 104.4% in Catalonia and 89.9% in the Valencian Community.
The rest of the communities that are the main destination for tourists also presented positive annual rates.
In the first seven months of 2021, the main destination autonomous communities with the highest accumulated spending were the Balearic Islands (with 27.1% of the total), Catalonia (16.0%) and the Canary Islands (15.1%).
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THE PREFERRED
60% of total spending in July was made by tourists who stayed overnight in hotel accommodations, with an increase of 162% compared to the same month of 2020. For its part, spending on non-market accommodations increased by 60.3%.
The expenditure of tourists who do not travel with a tourist package (which represents the 80.7% of the total) grew by 111.2%. That of those who hire a tourist package, 119.7%.
Spending on accommodation (not included in the tourist package) was the main item in July, with 20.8% of total spending and an increase of 127.6% compared to the same month in 2020. The following items were spending in activities (sports, cultural) and expenses in maintenance, with 19.3% and 17.5% of the total, respectively. The first increased 112.4% in annual rate and the second 104.1%.
For its part, the total number of overnight stays made by international tourists in all types of accommodation (hotels, apartments, own home, family or friends’ home, rented home) exceeded 36.3 million, with an increase of 83.5%.
The Balearic Islands was the community with the most overnight stays (with more than 9.0 million, 103.4% more than in July 2020). They are followed by Comunitat Valenciana (with about 7.4 million and an increase of 82.8%) and Andalusia (with more than 5.7 million, an increase of 79.2%).
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