Spanish tourism stays strong, with increases in visitors and spending
Spain received 4.4 million inbound tourists in February, an increase of 3.8% on the figure for February 2018.
Their total spending amounted to 4.67 billion euros, up 2.9%. 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 the first two months of the year, some 8.6 million tourists visited the country (up 3%), spending a total of 9.36 billion euros, an increase of 3.3%.
State Secretary for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, explained that the data confirm the strength of the Spanish tourism sector and bolster the government’s commitment to shift the Spanish tourism model towards economic, social and territorial sustainability as a requirement if tourism is to continue to be an engine for economic development and social welfare.
The main emitting markets in February were the United Kingdom, with 883,757 inbound tourists, up 2.3% on the same month of 2018; France, with 562,186 tourists (up 3.1%); and Germany, with 549,011 tourists (up 2.4%). There were also significant increases in tourists from the United States (up 21.5%) and Italy (up 12.6%).
The most popular desti-nation region was the Canary Islands, with 1.2 million inbound tourists, a fall of 1.1% on the same month last year. This region was followed by Catalonia, with over 1 million tourists (up 1.4%) and Andalusia, with 626,424 (up 8%).
The autonomous regions with the highest spending figures in February were the Canary Islands (with 1.45 billion euros, 2% more than in February 2018), Catalonia (1.02 billion euros, down 0.8%) and Madrid (634 million euros, up 14.1%).
In terms of emitting countries, the United Kingdom posted the highest spending figure at 814 million euros (up 3%), followed by Germany, at 565 million (up 4%) and the Nordic countries, at 450 million (down 10.7%).