Despite the uncertainty of the war and its consequences, Spain is one of the favorite international destinations for travelers, as shown by the latest data from the INE. The main tourists are French, German and British.
Several reports various analysts have been pointing this out for a few weeks, but the data just published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), in its surveys Frontur/Egaturcorroborate it: Spain recovered in April 85.4% of international tourists who arrived in the same month of 2019, after receiving 6.1 million international tourists, who spent almost 7 billion euros during their trips, thus joining the figures of three years ago.
Spain: international destination "refuge"
Undoubtedly, Easter has consolidated the rapid and intense reactivation of the tourist sector, even exceeding its own expectations. The invasion of Ukraine and the uncertainty it generated also allowed Spain to be one of the international "safe haven" destinations for travellers.
The average stay increases by one day
Tourists are staying longer in Spain and therefore spending more on their trip, indicating that the country is moving towards a higher quality and more profitable tourism model. Thus, the 6 million foreign tourists who visited Spain in April are stayed an average of 7.3 days, one day more than three years ago. As a result, the average expenditure per tourist increased by 15%, going from 987 euros to 1,131 eurossurpassing pre-pandemic levels, even taking into account the effects of inflation.
Who are the main tourists?
Two out of ten foreign tourists who traveled to Spain in April came from UKa market that shows an 85% recovery compared to April 2019, with 1.2 million visitors. They are followed, as main markets, by Germany, with 989,807 tourists (and a recovery level of 92%) and France, with 826,193 tourists (+81%). Countries like Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland are already sending more tourists than before the pandemic.
Three autonomous communities each received more than one million international tourists: the Catalonia (1.15 million), the Canary Islands (1.1 million) and the Balearic Islands (1 million). follow theAndalusia (907,596 tourists), Valence (783.987) and Madrid (545.975).
The British chose the Canary Islands, the Valencia region, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands as their favorite destinations, while the Germans mostly opted for the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, les French for Catalonia and the region of Valenciaand tourists from Latin America to Madrid.