The number of tourists in Spain increased fivefold in 2021 and exceeded seven million during the month of May

Last May they entered Spain Seven million tourists international, five times what it was in that month in 2021, when 1.4 million arrived. Between January and May, 22.7 million tourists from other countries arrived in Spain, Seven times as much as in those months of 2021, but still 6.5 million below the 2019 figures, before the pandemic. In the same period in 2021, 3.2 million arrived, according to the Survey of Foreign Tourist Entry (Frontur), prepared by the National Institute of Statistics.

The United Kingdom is the main country of residence for visitors, with approximately 1.7 million tourists, which represents 23.7% of the total And an increase of 3,128.2% compared to May 2021. Germany, with 975,241 tourists (187.9% more annual average) and France with 925,994 (180.3% more) are the next countries with more tourists than Spain. Among the rest of the countries of residence, the annual growth of tourists from Ireland (2,488.8%), the United States (2,015.2%) and Nordic countries (719.4%) should be highlighted.

The Balearic Islands is the main destination of tourists in May, with 23.4% of the total, for a total of 1.6 million, up 328.1% from May 2021. It is followed by Catalonia (21.0%) and Andalusia (14.9%). The main countries of origin of tourists from the Balearic Islands community are Germany (33.2% of the total) and the United Kingdom (29.4%). The number of tourists visiting Catalonia increased by 482.7% and reached about 1.5 million. 23.6% from France and 11.5% from the United Kingdom.


The third main destination in terms of the number of tourists is Andalusia with one million tourists and an annual increase of 523.6%. The UK is the main country of origin (with 27.8% of the total), followed by France (10.8%). In the rest of the gatherings, the number of tourists increased by 555.3%. The length of stay of the majority of tourists in May ranges from four to seven nights, with an average of 3.4 million, with an annual increase of 425.6%.

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They spent six times as much as they did in 2021 and are outpacing pre-Covid data

foreign visitors They spent 8,023 million euros, nearly six times (+474.8%) compared to the same month in 2021, when it was 1,396 million, according to the Survey of Foreign Tourist Spending in Spain (Egator). The average spending per tourist is €1,152, a year-on-year increase of 12.5%, with values ​​even above pre-Covid levels. For its part, average daily spending grew by 25.7% to 177 euros.

Data from the National Institute of Statistics indicate that the average duration of international tourist trips is 6.5 days, i.e. 0.8 days less than May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, total international tourist spending increased by 690.0% compared to the same period in the previous year, reaching 26,776 million euros.

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