As expected, the arrival of tourists to Spain also did not rise in June. Specifically, in the sixth month of the year, a total of 204,926 foreign visitors, 97.7% less than in June 2019, according to data released today by Frontur. Although the state of alarm in Spain ended in June, the fact that it ended the month very late (day 21) and the few operational flights during that date due to the uncertainty of the health crisis and restrictions on the borders caused that the number of tourists who came to our country plummeted again for the fourth consecutive month. It must be remembered that in April and May, no tourists arrived due to the pandemic, while in March, the month in which confinement was decreed, 64% fell.
All in all, in the first semester of the year 10,785,196 tourists have arrived, a figure far from the more than 38 million that did so at the same time in 2019. It seems evident that this year it will be truncated, after seven consecutive, the record of international tourist arrivals. Now the question is whether in the second half of the year, where until now tourism works at half gas due to the uncertainty of the outbreaks around the world, the figure achieved in this first half will be exceeded.
The decision made by the United Kingdom to make pass a two-week quarantine to anyone arriving from Spain It will affect tourism in our country. Because the British country, despite the crisis, remains the main issuing country so far this year, with more than 2 million tourists. It also highlights that in June it has not been among the five countries that emit the most tourists to Spain, an unusual figure in recent years. Specifically, only 8,473 British tourists arrived in that month, 99.6% less than last year.
The French, another of our main markets, were the ones that traveled the most to Spain in June, although the total figure, 64,895, is 93.2% less than last year. For its part, from Germany 33,740 travelers arrived, 97.4% less, while from the Netherlands and Italy 12,321 and 10,426 people came, 96 and 97% less, respectively. In fifth place are the Belgians, who came 9,608 in June. There are no data from outside Europe because during those dates the borders with countries outside the EU were still closed.
By region, Catalonia was the main destination, receiving more than 37% of the total. Thus, the Catalan community reached 76,634 tourists, 96.5% less than in June 2019. It is followed by the Valencian Community, where 31,487 tourists arrived, representing a decrease of 96.6%. In third place are the Balearic Islands, where a pilot program to open safe tourist corridors since June 11, which led to a lifting of border restrictions. Despite this, there were 28,382 tourists, 98.6% less.
Spending slows down
As for tourism spending, in June tourists left Spain at 137.37 million euros, 98.6% less than in 2019, according to Egatur data. The health crisis has slowed the progression of this statistic in recent years, with consecutive records since 2013. In the accumulated index for the year, spending has decreased by 70.66% compared to the first half of 2019. In total, tourists have spent almost € 39 billion less than last year.
The health situation will continue to hit tourism. In fact, Exceltur anticipates that losses this year they reach 83,000 million euros. A figure that could increase if the countries in our environment continue to recommend not traveling to Spain.
The average expenditure per tourist also fell, which was established at 651 euros, which represents an annual decrease of 40.6%. Average daily spending also fell 30.4% to 114 euros. In turn, the average stay by tourists decreased by 1 day (5.7) compared to last year.