Tourist spending increases in Spain during August
Spain received 10.2 million international tourists in August, 1.9 per cent less than in the same month of 2017.
The indicator has now dropped for two months, weighed down by falls in two of its main issuing markets (United Kingdom and Ger-many).
In the first eight months of the year, the arrival of foreign tourists remained practically stable, with a fall of 0.1 per cent to 57.3 million travellers, according to the Statistics of Tourist Movements in Frontiers (Frontur) published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
The United Kingdom was the main issuing market in August with 2.2 million tourists, 3.7 per cent less than a year ago; France was the second with 2.1 million and a rise of 5.2 per cent and Germany, the third, with 1.3 million and a fall of 5.8 per cent.
The statistics also show the annual growth of tourists from Portugal (8.4 per cent) and the United States (8.1 per cent), and the fall of Italy (1.6 per cent), the Netherlands ( 4.1 per cent), Switzerland (18.4 per cent) and the Nordic countries (6.7 per cent).
For the year so far, the main emitting countries were the United Kingdom (with about 12.9 million tourists and a decrease of 2.9 per cent compared to the first eight months of 2017), France (with more than 8.3 million, practically the same as last year) and Germany (with more than 7.7 million tourists, 5.8 per cent less).
Catalonia was the main destination for tourists in August, with 23.9 per cent of the total, although the number of international visitors -2.4 million- fell by five per cent compared to August 2017.
The second destination was the Balearic Islands, where 2.3 million tourists arrived, two per cent less than a year ago, and the third, Andalucía, with 1.4 million tourists and an annual increase of 1.1 per cent.
Foreign tourists who visited Spain in August spent 11,539 million euros, 1.8 per cent more than in the same month last year, according to the Egatur survey.
The average daily ex-penditure in August was 139 euros, 10.7 per cent more, and the average expenditure per tourist reached 1,131 euros, a figure 3.7 per cent higher than the same month of 2017.
The total expenditure of international tourists during the first eight months of the year was 62,230 million, 2.8 per cent more than in the same period of the previous year. In August, the average duration of trips for foreign tourists was 8.1 days, which is a decrease of 0.6 days compared to the average of August 2017.