The tourism sector closed May with 109,899 more members of Social Security than the previous month, which brings the total number of contributors linked to tourism activities to 2,198,985, according to the data included in the Report on Employment in Tourism prepared by Turespaña and released on this day.

“The end of the state of alarm, the improvement in the epidemiological situation thanks to the advance in vaccination and the beginning of the summer season are behind these data, which we trust will continue to improve month by month as the recovery that we have already started ”, has valued the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés.

In relative terms, membership increased by 5.3% in May compared to April, a growth that was recorded in all branches of activity (hotels, travel agencies and other tourist activities).

The year-on-year drop in affiliates linked to tourism activities moderated to 1% and represented 21,543 fewer workers in absolute terms. In May, the affiliates of the tourism sector represented 11.4% of the total affiliates in the national economy.

Affiliation by sectors and communities

The growth in membership in the month of May compared to April was recorded in all branches of activity. The hotel industry added 100,946 new members, travel agencies and operators another 90, and other tourist activities 8,863 new contributors.

In interannual terms, on the other hand, the branch of other tourist activities grew by 2,249 affiliates, while the hotel industry decreased due to the decrease in accommodation services (-24,651), but increased in food and beverage services (+6,956), and fell also in travel agencies (-6,187).

By Autonomous Communities, there have been interannual increases in absolute terms in Andalusia (+8,828), Valencian Community (+5,116), Castilla-La Mancha (+3,544), Catalonia (+2,052), Murcia (+1,163), Extremadura (+ 885), Cantabria (+612), Asturias (+457) and Ceuta and Melilla (+16). At the other extreme, the Balearic Islands led the decline in affiliates, with 24,661 affiliates less than a year ago. Followed by the Canary Islands (-11,257), Madrid (-3,748), Basque Country (-2,485), Galicia (-1,649), Castilla y León (-945), Aragon (-842), Navarra (-649), La Rioja ( -209).

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