The consequences of the continued uncertainty surrounding thebrexithas been noted in tourism activity in Spain at the start of 2019, with a 4.2% drop in sales to the British market during the first quarter of the year, -6.8% in the case ofCanary Islands-, according to the Alliance for Tourist Excellence,Exceltur, which has valued the "respite" that theextensionto postpone until October 31 the departure from the United Kingdom, as mitigates, "a huge risk."
"The Brussels decision mitigates, for the time being, a huge risk for Spanish tourist activity, the extension until October gives a respite to save the high season and gives us a margin of time to prepare and address the new scenarios and competitive foundations of thetourismSpanish ", justified the executive vice president oflobbytourist, José Luis Zoreda, at a press conference in Madrid to take stock of the first quarter and advance the forecasts forEaster.
The greatest impact has been more pronounced in British sales of tourist companies based in the Canary Islands (-6.8%), the Balearic Islands (-5.6%), the Levantine coast (Murcia -4.7%), and the Valencian Community (-4.3%) and Andalusia (-4.6%).
Exceltur, which groups around thirty of the most important tourism companies, considers that the new EU extension granted on Wednesday discards abrexitabrupt on April 12 that would have meant a negative impact for tourism in Spain of 1,436 million euros and a fall of 1.1 percentage points of tourism growth in the whole of 2019, from 1.6% to 0 ,5%.
With all of this, tourism activity in Spain has maintained a slowdown in its growth rates with a 1.5% increase in the first quarter of 2019, strongly influenced by the loss of dynamism of the international demand more holiday than the main issuing markets of visitors to our country.
The continuity of uncertainty linked tobrexitand the more moderate business prospects leads Exceltur therefore to revise its estimate of growth in tourist activity for the whole of 2019 to 1.6%, compared to the 1.7% estimated in January and the 2% with which it closed in the year 2018.
Recovery of the Mediterranean
Spanish tourism maintains a slight growth in the first quarter despite the impact of the recovery of the competing destinations of the Western Mediterranean, which has affected especially in the Canary Islands, coinciding with its peak season.
The main challenges are in the Spanish sun and beach destinations, which according to Exceltur need a renewal and enhancement.
The capacity to generate employment from tourism is maintained until March, with 59,537 affiliates plus 3.2% despite not having the boost of Holy Week promoted by the increased employment associated with the provision of higher added value services such as transportation or leisure.
Tourism activity grew in the first quarter due to the increase in expenditure at the destination, although demand volume indicators fell, due to the notable decrease in the average stay. In the case of foreign tourists, the fall was 4.5%.
"What forces the tourist arrivals to grow more to maintain the same volume of nights," explains Exceltur.
The British market endures, despite the uncertainty ofbrexit, the long distance markets grow, while the German, Nordic and Central European markets deepen their falls towards Spain.