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UK still leads the way in Spain with increase in tourist spending 

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Nearly 66.2 million inbound tourists visited Spain in the first nine months of the year, unchanged from the figure recorded in the same period in 2017, while the amount they spent rose by 2.5% to 71.77 billion euros.

These figures have been taken from the Inbound Tourism Survey (FRONTUR) and Tourist Spending Survey (EGATUR) drawn up by the Spanish National Statistics Institute.

In September, a total of 8.9 million tourists visited Spain (up 0.5%) and spent 9.54 billion euros (up 0.7%). The average spend per day in September rose by 3% to 147 euros.

The State Secretary for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, welcomed these figures because they show that “the stabilisation in tourism flows continues to be accompanied by significant growth in tourist spending, and that is the path to follow”.

“These figures encourage us to keep working, harder and faster, on maintaining Spain’s leadership as a global tourism powerhouse,” she added.

In the first nine months of the year, the main emitting markets were the United Kingdom, with almost 15 million inbound tourists, France, with close on 9.43 million, and Germany, with almost 9.1 million. Significant increases were posted by the United States (up 8.7%), Portugal (up 8.6%) and Russia (up 5.3%).

Again, Catalonia was the most popular region with more than 15.4 million inbound tourists, followed by the Balearic Islands, with just over 15.4 million, and the Canary Islands, with almost 10.1 million. The number of inbound tourists visiting all other regions rose in the first nine months of the year, particularly in the Region of Madrid, which posted a figure in excess of five million, up 4.4% on the same period in 2017.

The autonomous regions with the highest tourist spending figures to September were Catalonia (16.8 billion euros, up 1.2% on the same period in 2017), the Balearic Islands (13.11 billion euros, up 2.2%) and the Canary Islands (12.47 billion euros, up 0.7%). It is also worth noting the spending increase in Andalusia (up 6.7% to more than 10 billion euros).

In terms of emitting markets, the United Kingdom posted the highest accumulated spending figure so far this year with 14.62 billion euros (up 2%). This was followed by Germany, with 9.54 billion euros (down 3%), and France, with 6.2 billion euros (up 5.5%).