Spain received during the first seven months of the year about 48.1 million international tourists, 1.9% more compared to the same period of 2018, while spending increased by 3.3% to 52.360 million euros. These are the main data of the surveys on Tourist Movements in Frontier (FRONTUR) and Tourism Expenditure (EGATUR) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics.

The acting Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, considers “these figures to be very positive, especially the increase recorded in tourism spending, because they confirm the solidity of Spain's destination and its ability to attract visitors and continue increasing its profitability in an environment every increasingly competitive. ”

During the month of July, 9.9 million tourists visited our country, representing a decrease of 1.3% compared to July 2018. Its expenditure was 11,980 million euros, 2.0% more. The average daily expenditure stood at 160 euros (+ 4.9%).

Arrival of tourists

In the accumulated year, the main issuing markets were the United Kingdom, with 10.5 million international tourists, 1.6% less than the previous year; Germany, with almost 6.6 million (+ 2.2%), and France with more than 6.1 million tourists (-1.2%). Among the other countries of residence, the growth experienced by the United States (+ 14.2%), Russia (+ 11.2%) and Portugal (+ 10%) should be noted.

By national destinations, Catalonia was the community that received the most tourists, almost 11.3 million, representing an increase of 1.5%. It was followed by the Balearic Islands (with almost 7.9 million and an increase of 0.2%) and the Canary Islands (with more than 7.6 million, 3.5% less). It also highlights the growth of Madrid, which increases the number of tourists received (almost 4.5 million) by 9.4%.

Increase in spending

From January to July, the Autonomous Communities of main destination with the highest total expenditure were Catalonia (with € 12,348 M and an increase of 4.9%), Canary Islands (with € 9,742 M, 1.1% more than in the same period of 2018), and the Balearic Islands (with € 8,304 million, an increase of 2.1%).

As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest accumulated expenditure so far this year with € 10,209 M (+ 1.5%). It is followed by Germany, with € 6,720 M (+ 1.7%) and Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden -, with € 4,034 M (-7.8%).

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