Spain received 2.5 million international tourists in July, 75% less than in the same month of 2019, while spending reached 2.45 billion euros, according to the Border Tourism Movement Statistics (Frontur) and the Survey of Tourist Expenditure (Egatur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics. In July, the average expenditure per tourist stood at 994 euros, 17.8% less than a year ago and the average duration of trips was 8.1 days, which represents an increase of 0.6 days compared to as of July 2019.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, considers that “these data reflect how COVID-19 is negatively affecting the tourism sector due to restrictions on international mobility and the lack of confidence in international travel, an impact that is being felt worldwide ”.
For Valdés it is significant despite the fact that the tourist who has visited us has opted for even longer stays than in 2019: “It shows that among those who decide to travel to our country, COVID-19 has not altered their plans in terms of the duration of the stay is concerned, which is indicative of the perception of Spain as a safe destination ”.
In the first seven months of 2020, the number of tourists visiting Spain exceeded 13.2 million and total spending reached 14,291 million euros, 72.6% less than in the same period in 2019.
By Autonomous Communities and countries
The Balearic Islands were the main destination chosen by international tourists both in number of arrivals (23.9% of the total) and for its weight in tourist spending (26%).
It is followed by Catalonia, which accumulates 17.7% of arrivals and represents 17.3% of spending, and the Valencian Community (15.5% of arrivals and spending).
Regarding the nationalities of origin of tourists, the French led the number of arrivals in July, with 597,244 tourists; followed by Germans (432,302) and British (377,886).
However, so far this year the United Kingdom continues to be the main source market, with more than 2.4 million tourists and a decrease of 76.9% compared to the same period in 2019. France (with more than two million and a drop of 67.2%) and Germany (with almost 1.8 million and a drop of 72.9%) occupy the second and third positions.
Regarding the level of spending, the main source markets so far this year are the United Kingdom (16.3% of total accumulated spending); Germany (13.5%) and the Nordic countries as a whole (8.9%).