Spain faces an unprecedented tourism crash, after chaining four months of losses due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis that hit the sector full. Businesses dependent on the Spanish ‘sun and beach’ face the most difficult summer season in recent years, after losing 30,000 million tourist spending and 27 million foreign visitors.
Specifically, in the month of March they stopped enjoying Spanish tourism 3,631,254 foreigners, since Spain only registered the arrival of just over two million visitors, 64% less compared to the same month the previous year, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
March the month of cancellations
A month in which the cascade of cancellations upon detecting the first positives in the Spanish territory and that was affected for two weeks by the declaration of the Government of Pedro Sánchez of the state of alarm.
This lower influx of visitors was reflected in spending: foreign tourists who traveled to Spain left 2,215 million euros in business in the sector, 63% less than in the same month of 2019, tourists took out more of the portfolio with a disbursement of more than six million euros.
Not a tourist, not a euro
In April 2019, more than seven million foreign tourists arrived in Spain. Figures from which the sector has been deprived in the fourth month of 2020 in which tourist entry and spending fell to zero. The coronavirus has forced the tourist to say goodbye to more than seven million euros and to one of the key dates of the season: Easter, which accounts for 15% of annual turnover.
Spain closes a month without tourism. Figures that are not expected to improve in May and June, months in which the sector’s “high” season begins. Expenditure until June 2019 was 40,319 million euros, while this year it may not reach 15,000 million.
However, in Spain the road map for starting the economy’s locomotive is unknown. The Government has only implemented restrictions, such as the quarantine of foreign travelers, for a sector that provides the 15% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and that it moves almost 15% of the Spanish active population. At stake: more than two million jobs.
Summer season ‘underway’
The sector has its eye on its return in July, when foreign tourists can travel to Spain. In any case, the summer months will come accompanied by a collapse with figures that will be far from the 20.1 million tourists who came between the months of July and August last year.
The movement in the locomotive of the Spanish economy is already beginning to be noticed. Companies like Iberia, Vueling or Air Europa They have already started selling flights for the months of July and August. The NH hotel chain plans to open 60 hotels in Spain this June Meliá It will reactivate its operations from the beginning of July in a phased manner.
«There will be a tourist season this summer, with the purpose of revive national tourism, so I invite all establishments, bars, restaurants and all tourist destinations in the country to resume their activity, “said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez at a press conference in Moncloa.