The Canary Islands last year received 13.75 million foreign tourists,462,308 less, representing a 3.3% decrease compared to the historical record that the sector experienced in the islands in 2017, according to the Statistics of Tourist Movements in Borders of December.
Despite the lower influx of tourists, theSpending made by travelers from other countries on their holidays in the Canary Islands grew by almost 2%,to close the year with 17,177.93 million euros, 334 million more than in 2017, the data published this Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
This was possible thanks to the fact that the average expenditure per tourist and day in the Canary Islands rose 5.8 percent last year, to stand at 146 euros, eight more.
With this figure,Canary Islands has been placed as the third destination of foreign tourists in the year 2018,reveals the Frontur survey published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Thus the main source market for the Canary Islands was the United Kingdom, since it represented 36.8 percent of the total, followed by Germany, which involved 20.3 percent.
In this way, in front of the Canary Islands, onlyCatalonia, which was the main destination community for foreign tourists during 2018, with 19.1 million tourists, practically the same figure as in 2017; and the Balearic Islands, with 13.8 million international visitors, experiencing an increase of 0.5% in their case.
On the other hand, in the month of December, the Canary Islands was the first destination with 28.8 percent of the total, followed in this case byCatalonia(22.4%) and Andalusia (12.7%). It also highlights the increase of 18.8 percent of visitors toCataloniain the last month of the year with nearly one million visitors, mostly French.
Spain breaks the record of international tourists
In the national set,Spain achieved its historic record for the sixth consecutive year in 2018in arrivals of international tourists, with a record of 82.8 million visitors – almost one million tourists more than in 2017 – which means growth of 1.1% over the previous year.
The Secretary of State oftourism, Isabel Oliver, has described as "excellent" the results that confirm, "once again", the "strength of Spain as a leading tourist destination", the result of the joint work of the Administration and the private sector. "This year we will continue working hard to further increase the profitability of tourism and to maintain the competitiveness of our country," he said.
During 2018, the majority of tourist stays lasted four to seven nights (+ 1.9%), with 38.7 million visitors. The highest increase was registered among those who stayed overnight (+ 8.2%), while the highest percentage decrease occurred in stays of more than 15 nights (-4.9%).
In addition, during 2018, the main markets for tourists arriving in Spain were the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
The United Kingdom, with 18.5 million tourists, 1.6% less, remained the main issuer of visitors, followed by Germany, with 11.4 million tourists, 4.1% less. In contrast, the number of French tourists increased by 0.7%, to 11.3 million.
Tourists spend 17,118 million in the Canary Islands
On the other hand, as regards spending, touristsleft in the Canary Islands a total of 17,118 million in 2018, being the second destination that accumulated higher spending during the past year.Ahead of the archipelago was placedCatalonia, with 20,606 million euros, and in third place Baleares (14,826 million euros), according to the Egatur survey released this Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
In the national set, international tourists who visited Spain spent 89,856 million euros in 2018, representing an increase of 3.3% compared to 2017 and a new historical maximum.
The average expenditure per tourist reached 1,086 euros in 2018, 2.2% more than in 2017, while the average daily expenditure increased by 7.4%, to 146 euros.
The United Kingdom was the country that made the biggest expenditure, with 17,976 million euros, 2.8% more than in 2017. It was followed by Germany, with 12,002 million euros and a decline of 1.9%, and France, with 7,385 million euros, 4.7% more.
For its part, the Nordic countries were close to equaling the expenditure of the Gauls, standing at 7,046 million euros, after increasing the figure by 0.9% over 2017.