Social Security affiliates linked to tourism activities grew by 3.8% year-on-year in June, reaching a total of 2,618,636 members, according to data released today by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. This figure is the highest of the historical series in a month of June. The employment in the tourist activities has grown in the last year in 94.921 workers in high labor and they represent 13.5% of the total of affiliates in the national economy.
For the Secretary of State of Tourism in functions, Isabel Oliver, "these data demonstrate the good health and dynamism of the tourism sector that is consolidated as a strategic activity in the economic and social development of the country and the whole of the territories. The Government is working to improve the profitability and competitiveness of destinations and ensure better working conditions and wages for workers linked to all branches of tourism.
Data by activity branches
In June, the increase in membership was registered in all tourist branches: the hotel industry grew by 58,995 members (45,948 more members in the food and beverage services, and 13,047 more in the accommodation services), in other tourist activities it increased in 33,244 more members, and in travel agencies there was an increase of 2,682 workers. It highlights the positive behavior of this branch since October 2014, having been an activity that reduced its employment continuously from 2008 to 2014.
Last month the number of employees in the tourism sector, which represents 81% of the total, grew by 4.4% compared to the same month of the previous year, while self-employment (19% of the total) increased by 1.3 %.
Data by autonomous communities
In June, employment in the group of hotels and travel agencies / tour operators grew in all the autonomous communities. In absolute figures, the greatest increases occurred in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, the Valencian Community, Galicia and the Basque Country. These six communities together account for 77.4% of the absolute interannual increase.
In relative terms, the increases in Andalusia (6.1%) and Murcia (6%) stand out.