A total of 9.1 million tourists visited Spain in July this year and spent 11,869 million euros on their trip, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
This figure means that the country marked a recovery of 92% of arrivals during the same month of 2019, and the money collected from these tourists represents -0.6% of the expenditure of July in 2019, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“These extraordinary data confirm our forecast that in 2022 we will already experience a summer like the previous ones, despite the challenge represented by the current inflationary environment. In addition to the recovery of our main European markets, we add the growth of arrivals in from the United States, a market that is also approaching pre-pandemic figures,” stressed in this regard the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
As for the average expenditure of tourists in July, it increased by €100 compared to the same month of 2019, going from €1209 to €1309. As a result, the average stay also increased from 7.5 to 7.7 days.
INE also reveals that in the cumulative figure for the year, arrivals in July exceeded 39 million and expenditure reached 47,637 million euros.
“The UK was the main source market with 1.9 million tourists (88% of those who came in July 2019); followed by France, with more than 1.4 million (98% compared to 2019) and Germany, with around 1.1 million, representing 88% of those who arrived before the pandemic”,
Additionally, some markets sent more travelers to Spain than in the pre-pandemic phase, such as:
- The Netherlands with 556,650 or +9.5%
- Belgium with 418,309 or +8.6 percent
- Portugal with 301,749 or +17.6%
Meanwhile, taking these data into account among distant markets, the good performance of the United States stands out, which issued around 361,498 tourists, or 85% of arrivals in July 2019.
In July, international tourists choose the Balearic Islands as their main destination. Thus, one in four tourists who visited Spain went to the islands, which received nearly 2.3 million tourists, mainly British and German.
Compared to 2019, the Balearic Islands reached pre-pandemic figures, with a 97% recovery, followed by Catalonia with almost two million, accounting for 83% of arrivals in the same month of 2019. The French and other citizens who come from European countries mainly choose Catalonia for their holidays.
Third place was occupied by the Valencian Community, which received 1.1 million international tourists, mainly British and French, who represent 90.5% of those who arrived in 2019.
In addition, the communities that receive the most tourists are Catalonia, with almost 8 million; Illes Balears, with almost 7.5 million and Canarias, with almost 6.8 million.
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