The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto has participated today in a ministerial summit organized on the occasion of World Tourism Day by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). In his speech, he defended that at the moment the two priorities of the Government of Spain are to reactivate the tourism sector by guaranteeing travel safety and modernizing the tourism model so that it is more sustainable, digital and inclusive from an economic, environmental and territorial.

During the panel "Tourism for inclusive growth", Maroto reminded the director of the UNWTO Regional Program for Africa, Elcia Grandcourt, and the ministers of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that Spain has already vaccinated 75% of its population and has committed donations to other countries of 30 million vaccines, including 7.5 million vaccines destined for sub-Saharan Africa and the countries in the southern neighborhood of the European Union.

For Maroto, "Spain places inclusion as a priority axis within the Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2030. For us it is essential to distribute the benefits of tourism throughout our territory and turn it into a useful tool for inclusive development."

Regarding the measures for the diversification of the offer of tourist destinations, Reyes Maroto has said that Spain is committed to the diversification of the tourist offer based on two axes: the social and the territorial.

From the social point of view, Spain focuses on measures related to social inclusion, in particular to achieve tourism accessible to all. For example, we collaborate with organizations such as the ONCE Foundation for the cooperation and inclusion of people with disabilities.

From the territorial point of view, the Minister of Tourism recalled that “we work to improve pioneering sun and beach and urban destinations, in addition to promoting rural and inland tourist destinations, through tourism products based on their heritage such as cultural tourism, gastronomy, ecotourism or active tourism ”.

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Spain will be the organizing country of the seventh World Conference of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Wine Tourism in 2023. This has been announced by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto; the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili; and the Regional Minister for Regional Development of La Rioja, José Angel Lacalzada, during the presentation of the book ‘The wine routes of the world’. La Rioja is the venue chosen for the celebration of this event that brings together experts from all over the world related to wine tourism, from wine producers and distributors, to tour operators.

For the minister, “the celebration of this international event in La Rioja is a great recognition for a region that has placed wine at the center of its tourism model. In La Rioja, wine is a culture, a way of life that tourists can experience during their visit ”, he pointed out.

According to the head of Tourism, this recognition is also present in the book "The wine routes of the world" where La Rioja Alavesa and La Rioja Alta are included among the seven routes chosen in Spain. “The towns of La Rioja keep their traditions alive through their popular festivals such as the Wine Battle in Haro or the Harvest Festival in Logroño. Wine tourism is consolidated in La Rioja and in Spain as a high-quality tourism product that attracts an increasing number of tourists and has the strong support of the Secretary of State for Tourism and TURESPAÑA through the product club Las Rutas del It came from Spain ”, he highlighted.

Wine tourism in Spain

Wine tourism or also called wine tourism, is the tourist proposal in which this product is an essential part. The sum of culture, architecture and landscape of wine, are united with the wine itself in a proposal that seeks to transmit the essence of a region through its link to the wine product. There is also talk of gastronomic tourism, which in a broader sense encompasses local gastronomy.

In 2019, almost three million people visited the wineries and museums of the Wine Routes of Spain with an expenditure of close to 80 million euros.

Spanish wines are sold in 189 countries around the world. In 2019, Spain was the first world exporter in volume and the third largest exporter in the world in value, with nearly 2,700 million euros exported.

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Social Security affiliates in the tourism sector grew 4% year-on-year in August, reaching 2,336,501 employees, 91,405 workers more than a year ago. This is the third consecutive month that this year-on-year growth has been recorded, according to data published this Tuesday by Turespaña. With the data for August, employment in tourism represents 12.3% of the total number of affiliates in the national economy.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has valued “the data as positive since they show that the recovery trend in tourism employment has been consolidated in August with a higher growth, in relative terms, than there has been for the group of affiliates in the Spanish economy and in the service sector". "Despite this improvement, it is still necessary to extend the security shield that ERTEs have entailed in sectors whose activity has not yet been fully normalized due to the slow recovery of international mobility, such as tourism, which for the Government it is still a sensitive sector ”, he added.

Branches of activity

This year-on-year growth has been recorded in almost all tourism branches. In the hotel industry there was a growth of 67,079 affiliates (26,109 in food and beverage services and 40,970 in accommodation services); other tourist activities increased by 27,525 affiliates, while in travel agencies there was a decrease of 3,199 workers. Salaried employment in the sector grew by 5% and the self-employed by 0.5%.

By Autonomous Communities

In August, employment in the hotel industry and travel agencies / tour operators increased in almost all the Autonomous Communities, with the exception of the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja. In absolute figures, the largest increases occurred in the Balearic Islands (+19,716 new registrations), Andalusia (+18,956), Catalonia (+11,100) and the Valencian Community (10,839).

In relative terms, the year-on-year decline in the Canary Islands (-2.2%) and the increase in the Balearic Islands (16.6%) stand out.

The Turespaña note on employment in the tourism sector corresponding to August 2021 can be consulted at the following link:

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Spain received five million passengers from international airports in August, which represents an increase of 172% compared to the same month in 2020. The figure already represents almost half (48.6%) of the arrivals in a August record as was that of 2019, according to the data released today by Turespaña.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has valued these data as “positive because they confirm that the trend of gradual recovery of international travelers started last March is consolidating. The advance in the vaccination of the population, together with the instruments put in place to reinforce the destination Spain as safe, such as the COVID-EU digital certificate, have allowed more than 5 million international air passengers to come to Spain. The decision of the British Government to relax its regulations for travel as of October 4 is a step in the right direction that will contribute to increasing mobility with our main source market. Spain is open to residents of the United Kingdom who have been vaccinated with a complete regimen or who travel with a negative PCR ”.

All the main emitting countries grow in August

The increase in international passengers has been registered in all the main issuing countries, with the United Kingdom for the first time in 2021 as the first market. Passenger arrivals from British airports have tripled with respect to the same month of 2020 (+ 212.6%) and have reached 821,853 people this August, who have gone mainly to the Balearic Islands.

Germany was the second issuing country of international passengers to Spain in August, with 803,558 passengers whose priority destination was the Balearic Islands; followed by France (540,679), Italy (491,698), Netherlands (369,269), Switzerland (221,369), Belgium (203,404), Portugal (136,907), Ireland (119,781), Poland (113,527) and Denmark (90,951). In all these countries, growth is above 75% compared to August 2020, with increases that exceed 400% in the case of Denmark and Ireland. Compared to August 2019, the Netherlands is the country with the highest degree of recovery, reaching 83% of the passengers issued two years ago this August; followed by Poland (80.9%) and France (73.5%).

Main Autonomous Communities of destination

The Balearic Islands have been the main Autonomous Community of destination, accumulating more than a quarter of international passenger arrivals (25.9% and 1.29 million travelers). It is followed by the Community of Madrid (18.4% and 923,738 passengers), Catalonia (18.3% and 915,387), Andalusia (12.3% and 615,809), the Canary Islands (11.5% and 574,345) and the Valencian Community (11 , 4% and 570.081). Catalonia and Madrid were the communities that registered the highest interannual growth (249.6% and 213.2%, respectively).

By airports, Palma de Mallorca was the one that received the highest volume of international passengers (18.5% of the total), followed by Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas (18.4%), Barcelona (17.1), Malaga (10, 4%), Alicante (7.3%), Ibiza (5.5%), Tenerife South (4.3%), Valencia (4.1%), Gran Canaria (2.7%) and Fuerteventura (2, 2%).

Of the total number of international passengers who traveled to Spain in August, the majority (60.1%) traveled with a low-cost company, while the remaining 39.9% opted for traditional airlines.

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The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, spoke today at the meeting of the Regional Commissions of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for Asia and the Pacific, where she has opted to promote the role and international leadership of UNWTO in the post-covid scenario and has reaffirmed Spain's commitment to this organization.

“Tourism has been the sector most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and both Spain and the UNWTO are working together to promote its recovery. The Government wishes to further project the work of the main international body in the field of tourism with the aim of reinforcing the multilateral agenda to promote sustainable, digital and inclusive tourism in the post-covid era, coordinate actions that facilitate international mobility and that this economic activity , a generator of development and employment, continue to occupy a priority place on the international agenda ”, Reyes Maroto pointed out in his speech.

The UNWTO regional commissions for Asia and the Pacific meet at least once a year and represent the main meeting between the organization and the members of this geographical area. On the agenda of the meeting this Tuesday, is the presentation of the region's priorities in terms of tourism, the analysis of the recovery of the sector in the face of the Covid pandemic and the preparation of the next UNWTO General Assembly, scheduled between the end of November and the beginning of December in Marrakech (Morocco).

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The number of seats scheduled by airlines on international flights to Spain for the months of September and October reaches 14,196,367 seats, a volume that represents 70% of those in the same period of 2019 and practically triples if It is compared with the equivalent months of last year, according to the data on air capacities released today by Turespaña.

“At the end of the summer season, Spain is recovering greater stability in international flight schedules that contributes to the gradual consolidation of the recovery of tourism, as a result of the security offered by our country, with one of the highest percentages in the world. world population vaccinated against COVID-19, above 72%, as well as the confidence that Spain offers to tourists who have tools such as Spain Travel Health that facilitate travel ”, has valued the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

In the Minister's opinion, “the seat forecasts to fly to Spain for the months of September and October allow us to think that the summer season could be lengthened and face the coming months with greater confidence to continue consolidating the recovery of international tourism that it is still slow due to the mobility restrictions that still exist in important source markets such as the US or Asian countries ”.

Spain recovered in August, according to Eurocontrol data, three-quarters of the air traffic it had in the same month of 2019, another record year in terms of international tourist arrivals. The records of our country are thus above the European average, which recovered 71% of the air traffic for the equivalent month of 2019 in August.

Capabilities by markets

The markets with the best performance are Denmark and the Netherlands, with a volume of seats scheduled for Spain in the months of September and October that reaches 96% (290,447 seats) and 93.2% (908,187 seats) of capacity air of the same period of 2019, respectively.

From the United Kingdom, more than 3.2 million seats are expected to operate between September and October (66.7% of what was operated in the same months of 2019); from Germany 2.5 million seats (75% of 2019), from Italy 1.2 million seats (72%) and from France more than 995,000 seats (62% of what was operated in the same months of 2019) .

The markets that are showing a slower recovery are those of long haul, whose air capacities are still 58.7% below the levels of 2019 in the case of the US, -76.8% in the case of Russia or -92% from China.

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Spain received 4.4 million international tourists in July, 78.3% more than in the same month of 2020, while spending reached 5,231 million euros, according to the Statistics on Tourist Movements on the Border (Frontur) and the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics. In July the average expenditure per tourist stood at 1,190 euros, 19.3% more than a year ago and the average duration of trips is 8.3 days.

“These data reflect the gradual recovery of international tourism and show that Spain has managed to be perceived as a safe destination by millions of travelers. The confidence of international tourists in our country is due to the effective progress of the vaccination process, which places us at the head of the world powers, together with the leadership shown by the Spanish tourism sector in the development and deployment of strict security protocols. To this is added the determined drive of the Government of the COVID-EU Digital Certificate and the effective promotion of our destinations carried out by Turespaña and its network of ministries abroad ”, highlighted the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.

Spending by international tourists doubles

Expenditure by international tourists in July is more than double that registered in the same month last year (+ 112.8%) and reaches 43.7% of that disbursed in July 2019. “We expect this trend to continue in the data for August and we will continue working in favor of a greater reactivation of international mobility, without losing sight of the evolution of the pandemic at a global level ”, advanced the head of the branch, who recalled that one of the current challenges involves prolong the summer season as much as possible. "Decisions such as Germany's to stop considering Spain as a high-risk area, which eliminates the requirement of quarantine when returning there for the unvaccinated, represent a step in the right direction," in the opinion of the minister.

At least seven out of ten tourists who visited us in July entered our country by plane, a circumstance to which, in the opinion of Reyes Maroto, “the rapid and effective deployment promoted by the Government of Spain of the Covid Digital Certificate of the EU, as well as the flexibility of entry requirements for citizens of third countries, when the epidemiological situation has allowed it ”.

By Autonomous Communities and countries

The Balearic Islands were the main destination chosen by international tourists both in number of arrivals (30% of the total), 124.3% more year-on-year, and for its weight in tourist spending (31.2% of the total).

It is followed by Catalonia, which accumulates 18.5% of arrivals (86.4% more year-on-year) and represents 16.7% of spending, and the Valencian Community with 13.8% of arrivals and spending (a 58.5% annual increase).

Regarding the nationalities of origin of the tourists, the French led the number of arrivals in July, with 874,189 tourists; followed by Germans (707,331) and British (555,183).

So far this year, France is the main source market, with more than 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%, occupies the second position.

Regarding the level of spending, the main source markets so far this year are Germany with 2,131 million (19.4%), followed by France with 1,512 million (13.8%) and the United Kingdom with 964 million euros ( 8.8%).

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The growth of employment in the tourism sector accelerated in July, which closed with 2,559,121 members of the Social Security linked to tourist activities, according to data released this Monday by Turespaña. Tourism employment increased for the second consecutive month, registering a year-on-year increase of 244,150 more affiliates.

There was an acceleration in tourism employment in the month of July that grew by 10.5% compared to July 2020, more than three times that of June (3.3%). This is the second best record for a month of July. Affiliates in tourist activities accounted for 13.1% of the total affiliates in the national economy.

"The successful progress of the vaccination process in our country that places us at the head of the nations with the highest percentage of the population vaccinated with the full schedule (68.4%), together with the effort that the tourism sector has made to offer a service insurance to their clients in times of pandemic, they explain this remarkable recovery in employment in July, which we hope to see also reflected in the August data ”, said the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto. "Once national tourism has recovered, we continue working to achieve normalization in international tourist flows, which have begun to be activated thanks to initiatives such as the EU Digital COVID Certificate that Spain decisively promoted", added the head of the bouquet.

Growth by sectors

The variation of affiliates was positive in almost all tourism branches: the hotel industry increased by 71,163 affiliates (32,996 in food and beverage services and 38,167 in accommodation services); In travel agencies there was a decrease of 3,307 workers, and in other tourist activities the growth of 176,294 affiliates stands out, 26.1% more than in June 2020.

The number of salaried workers, which represents 80.7% of the total number of affiliated workers in the sector, increased by 13.2% compared to the same month of the previous year, while self-employment increased by 0.7%.

By Autonomous Communities

In July, employment in the hotel industry and travel agencies / tour operators increased in almost all the Autonomous Communities, with the exception of the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja. In absolute figures, the largest increases occurred in Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community. In relative terms, the increase in the Balearic Islands (14%) stands out.

The full affiliation report of Turespaña can be consulted at the following link:

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Arrivals in Spain of passengers from international airports reached almost 4.4 million people in July, more than double that of a year ago. The figure also reaches 41.8% of the arrivals registered in the same month of 2019, the last year that can be considered normal, according to data released today by Turespaña.

"In just one month, arrivals from international airports have grown by 87.8% thanks, among other factors, to the full effectiveness of the EU COVID certificate, of which more than one million one hundred thousand have been validated in Spain, facilitating transit to these international passengers. If June marked the best record since the beginning of the pandemic, the July data show that the recovery in international mobility continues to consolidate, placing us in a better scenario than last year, despite the restrictions derived from the fifth wave ", the Secretary of State for Tourism has valued, Fernando Valdes.

The 4,387,871 passengers who arrived in Spain in July from international airports represent the best figure since February 2020, when 5.5 million people entered our country by air. In the opinion of Fernando Valdés, "the challenge now is to extend the season as much as possible to compensate for the fact that we have not yet been able to recover in 2021 what would be a normal summer in terms of international tourism."

Tickets from the UK quadruple

For the first time so far this year, the United Kingdom is positioned as the second market of origin, behind Germany and with a growth in the number of arrivals compared to June of 287%, to 605,897 passengers, despite the fact that Spain remains amber on the British traffic light color scale, which implies that residents of this country must quarantine upon their return to the United Kingdom if they are not vaccinated.

With 861,629 arrivals, Germany was the main country of origin in July, representing 19.6% of total air passengers. France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium complete the list of countries that generated more than 200,000 passenger departures to Spain. The markets that represent a minor drop compared to July 2019 are Poland (-23.6%), Denmark (-25.2%) and Switzerland (-30.1%).

Main Autonomous Communities of destination

In July, the Balearic Islands were the Autonomous Community with the most arrivals, with 30.4% of the total share (1,332,029 passengers), mainly thanks to the increase in arrivals from Germany and the United Kingdom. Madrid follows, with 17.8% of the share and 782,044 passengers; Catalonia, 16.1% and 704,530 passengers; Andalusia, 12.4% and 545,200 passengers; Valencian Community, 11.5% and 506,793 passengers and the Canary Islands, with 9.7% of the quota and 425,826 passengers.

By airports, Palma de Mallorca was the one that received the highest volume of international passengers (958,027, 21.8% of the total), followed by Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (782,044, 17.8% of the total); Barcelona (663,706, 15.1%) and Malaga (459,685, 10.5%).

57.3% of the passengers who flew to Spain from international airports did so on low-cost airlines, while the remaining 42.7% chose traditional airlines.

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