Friday, September 24

Spain received 4.4 million foreign tourists in July, less than half that in 2019

Spain received in July about 4.4 million international tourists, 55.5% less than in July 2019, when we received 9.9 million, but 78.3% more than in the same month of 2020. Spending The total they made stood at 5,231 million, more than double that of last year, according to the statistics published today by the INE.

So far this year, Spain has received 9.8 million visitors. The year before the pandemic, we reached July with 48 million accumulated foreign tourists. The accumulated spending in 2021 is 10,996 million euros, compared to 52,194 million in 2019 (79% less).

The data for 2020 are very positive and show a large increase in the number of foreign visitors, but because last year the state of alarm had barely been lifted and international movements were much more limited.

The first destination for international tourists in July was the Balearic Islands, with 1.3 million visitors, mainly German and English. They are followed by Catalunya (814,000 visitors) and Comunitat Valenciana (607,000 visitors). It is striking that, compared to last year, only the Balearic Islands have received more international tourists. Both Andalusia and the Canary Islands, Catalonia, the Valencian Community and Madrid have lost influx.

France was the main country of residence for visitors, with 874,189 tourists, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom.

It should be remembered that national tourism did exceed the data from before the pandemic in July, registering 0.4% more hotel overnight stays.

In a statement, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has indicated that “these data reflect the gradual recovery of international tourism and show that Spain has managed to be perceived as a safe destination. We hope that this trend will continue in the August data. We will continue working in favor of a reactivation of international mobility “.

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