Spain received 73.9 million international tourists in the first ten months of the year, 0.5% more than in the same period of 2017, according to the provisional data of the Survey of Tourist Movements in Frontier (Frontur) prepared by the Institute National Statistics Office (INE). From January to October, the expenditure of international tourists reached 79,921 million euros, with an increase of 2.7% over the same period of 2017, according to the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) published also this Monday by Statistics.
Only in the month of October, Spain received 7.6 million international visitors, 5% more than the same month of 2017, who made a total expenditure of 8,148 million euros, representing an increase of 4.6% the same month of 2017.
The average daily expenditure per tourist in October was 1,067 euros, with an annual decrease of 0.4%, while the average daily expenditure grew by 6%, to 152 euros.
So far this year, the United Kingdom (with 16.7 million foreign tourists) remained the first issuing market, despite registering a decrease of 2.2% compared to the first ten months of 2017. France followed, with more than 10.3 million international tourists (+ 1.3%) and Germany, also with more than 10.3 million visitors, 4.8% less.
Catalonia is the first main destination for foreign tourists arriving in Spain until October, with more than 17.1 million visitors, 1.2% less than in the same period of 2017. The following are Balearic Islands, with almost 13.5 million visitors (-0.2%), and Canarias, with more than 11.3 million (-3.5%).