Spain receives 4.4 million foreign tourists, an increase of 78% over 2020

Spain in July received about 4.4 million international tourists, a 78.3% more than in the same month of 2020, total spending reached 5231 million, 112% more than 2.458 million a year ago. The increase in the number of foreign visitors arriving in July of this year compared to the past is largely explained by the fact that in 2020 the state of alert has hardly been lifted and International movements were more limited.

Compared to June, the number of foreign tourists practically doubles; However, the numbers are 55.5% lower than those recorded in July 2019, when Spain received 9.87 million international tourists, According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) This Wednesday. 874,189 tourists came from France who visited Spain in July, 19.9% ​​of the total, and 46.6% more than a year ago, as the neighboring country became the first source of international tourists.

Germany and the United Kingdom were the next two countries that had the most tourists in Spain at the beginning of the summer: 707331 German passengers, 64.5% more, 555,183 British, 46.5% more. However, the coronavirus pandemic caused Spain to receive 9.8 million in the first seven months of the year, compared to 13.2 million in the same period in 2020 and far from nearly 48 million foreign tourists. Same dates from 2019.

In the cumulative year, France is again the main source country of tourists, with about 2.1 million visitors, 1.8% more, closely followed by Germany, cWith nearly 1.9 million tourists, an increase of 6.4%.

Balearic Islands and Catalonia, main destinations

The Balearic Islands was the main destination for foreign tourists in July with 30% of the total, Which translates to 1.3 million visitors, an increase of 124.3%, including Germans and British. Next came Catalonia, where the number of visitors rose 86.4% in July compared to the previous year, to 814,310 tourists, and one in three came from France.

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The third major destination by number of tourists was the Valencian region, with 607,214 with an annual increase of 58.5%, in this case France It was also the main country of origin (with 167,547 visitors), followed by the United Kingdom (74,046). In fourth place is Andalusia, with 554,924 foreign visitors, 54.3% more. Then the Canary Islands, with 414,244 tourists, 92.1% more, and for(a) The Community of Madrid, with a population of 219,035, an increase of 187.2% over the previous year.

Average expense 1190 euros

In addition, the National Institute of Statistics published on Wednesday the tourism spending survey, which shows that foreign visitors spent a total of 5,231 million euros in July, compared to 2.458 million a year ago or 11.942 million from the same month of 2019. This translates to an average spending per tourist of €1,190, up 19.3% from July 2020; The average daily spending is 144 euros, an increase of 16%.

Which is that the average duration of international tourist trips was 8.3 days which is an increase of 0.3 days compared to the July 2020 average. Foreign visitor spending totaled 10,996 million, 23.2% lower than the previous year and nearly 80% lower compared to July 2019.

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