Madrid, Feb 13 (EFE) .- Spain would have exceeded 473 million overnight stays in hotels and non-hotel accommodation (apartments, campsites, rural houses and hostels) and 138 million travelers in 2020 if the COVID pandemic had not been registered -19, according to a study by the consulting firm Stratego CyC.
The projections made by Stratego, based on data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and trends in recent years, suggest that 2020 was going to be a new record year for tourism.
The consultancy has analyzed the evolution of foreign and national tourism in the last 20 years and highlights that of the 138 million travelers who could have registered in 2020 without a pandemic, 69.5 million would have come from abroad.
In fact, the first two months of last year were the best in the historical series, with an increase of 7.5% in travelers and 4.7% in overnight stays compared to the same period in 2019.
The impact of covid-19 from March caused the data to collapse and more than 325 million nights and almost 94 million travelers were subtracted as a result of the restrictions.
The consulting firm recalls that according to INE data between 2001 and 2020, slightly more than 1,989 million travelers were registered in tourist establishments, with an average of 99.45 million travelers per year and that until 2019 the average growth of travelers was 3 , 33%.
The largest increases occurred in 2006 (with 14% more travelers than in 2005), in 2016 (with 7.95% more than the previous year) and in 2015 (with 6.42% more than in 2014) .
On the contrary, in 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012 negative annual balances were registered.
In the months of August 2016 to 2019, the number of travelers was over 16 million and overnight stays totaled 71 million nights.
However, the month of August 2020 set the record for the entire historical series, exceeding 17 million travelers and 72 million overnight stays for the first time in a month.
In the historical series of these two decades, it is observed that records had been broken year after year since 2014, something that was abruptly interrupted in 2020 due to the health crisis caused by covid-19.
On the other hand, Spanish and foreign travelers have grown in these years in a very similar proportion. Spanish travelers account for just over 50% of travelers, but foreigners account for more than 60% of overnight stays, the study highlights.