The incidence of tourism in Spain responds to positive forecasts, with an expenditure recorded in June of 8.9993 million by international tourists, an increase of 271.3% (3.7 times more) than in the sixth month of 2021. The number of tourists also increased considerably, with 7.5 million compared to 2.2 in the same month last year, according to data published by the INE.
In this way, tourism responds as an economic engine for the last two quarters of the year and will give Spain a breath of fresh air before the arrival of winter, a time when it is expected by institutions and economists that the economic growth begins to wane.
The average expenditure per tourist stood at 1,205 euros, which represents an increase of 10.3%, and, in daily terms, the daily expenditure increased by 18.6% to 174 euros. However, the average duration of trips by international tourists is reduced by 0.5 days compared to June 2021, standing at an average of 6.9 days as a result of inflation and the loss of purchasing power that it implies. The rise in prices and the contained desire after two years marked by the restrictions derived from the Covid-19 pandemic explain why spending is increasing despite the fact that purchasing power is lower than in 2021.
In the accumulated figure for the year, the increase in spending represents an increase of 515.5% compared to the same period in 2021, reaching 35,769 million. Therefore, tourism is back on track after a year in which the sector was severely affected by the pandemic.
arrivals and destinations
The United Kingdom repeats as the main issuer of international tourists to our country in June, with a total of 1.8 million, an increase of 236.6% compared to the same month of 2021. It is followed by Germany with 1.1 million and France with 865 thousand, which represents an increase of 125.8 and 97.4% more respectively in year-on-year terms. The increase in tourists from Ireland (1,424.3%), the United States (806.6%) and the Nordic countries (239.7%) also stands out.
During the first six months of the year, the number of tourists to Spain increased almost six times more (457%) than in the same period of 2021, going from 5.4 million last year to more than 30.2 million registered so far this year.
By destination, the Balearic Islands ranked first in June with almost two million tourists, 26.3% of the total, followed by Catalonia with 1.6 million and 21.6% of the total and Andalusia with one million tourists and 13.5% of the total. In the accumulated data of the first six months of 2022, the communities that receive the most tourists are Catalonia (with more than six million and an increase of 517.6% compared to the same period in 2021), the Canary Islands (with more than 5.7 million and an increase of 662.5%) and Illes Balears (with almost 5.2 million, 314.1% more).