Spaniards will spend 610 euros on vacation, still 100 less than before the pandemic

Antonio Ramirez CerezoCONTINUEMadrid Updated: 06/20/2022 17:44h
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Tourism is preparing for a summer with levels of reserves that promise to be historic. Also with the national tourist as the protagonist. 88% of Spaniards plan to go on vacation during the next three months, 20% more than a year ago, when the pandemic was still the main reason for deciding to stay home during the summer season. However, this recovery in national demand will continue to be unmatched by the spending levels recorded before the pandemic: this summer the national tourist will spend an average of 610 euros, almost fifty euros more than last year, but still well below the 714 they spent in 2019, before the outbreak of the health crisis, according to the report Habits and behaviors of the national tourist presented this Monday by the National Observatory of Outbound Tourism (Observatur).

The results of the Observatur survey, therefore, do not ignore
The effects of inflation on the behavior of Spanish tourists
this summer period. The document indicates that "the search for maximum savings" is one of the keys that are pointed out for the new season. In this sense, one of the most notable decisions will be the trend towards shorter vacations,
as this newspaper already advanced
although "the variations are minimal with respect to previous years" they explain from Observatur in their report.

It will not be the only consequence of the inflationary spiral. Because there are also those who have decided to park the holidays, at least for this year. Although only 12% of those consulted say that they will not go on a trip, half of them argue that they will do so for economic reasons. Specifically, 25% will stay at home in the summer due to the increase in prices as the main reason; 20% affirm that they will not go out because their income has been cut, while another 5% also have economic reasons for not taking a break in the coming months.

But there are also other reasons. 23% of those who will not go on vacation justify their decision by not having time for work or studies; 12% due to fears related to the pandemic (compared to 32% who argued this factor last year) and another 2% due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine. In other words, tourism has practically overcome the traveler's fear of Covid-19 and has barely found consequences from the Russian invasion.

Though not without sequels. The insecurity that the -although already scarce- health restrictions continue to generate, in addition to the fear of catching the disease, continue to cause a good part of Spaniards to wait until the last minute to book their vacations. Specifically, 31% affirm that they will make their reservation as late as possible to be sure.

You also have to reserve them, but with great caution. A part of those who have already booked their trips (37% of those surveyed have already booked) have done so with cancellation insurance. Specifically, 16% already have them insured, while 41% affirm that there is a high probability of contracting insurance and 25% consider it probable.

No long haul recovery

The other big effect of inflation and the insecurity of the pandemic has to do with travel to long-distance destinations. “Although travel forecasts to international destinations have already taken the path of recovery, especially in the European context, the planning of departures abroad is still very uneven. Thus, while Europe concentrates the interest of the vast majority that is considering a trip abroad, the attention on other continents continues to be a minority”, details the Observatur document. Above all, considerable growth is expected in trips to the Caribbean and European capitals (the latter without reaching the growth expected in 2019 and 2018).

All in all, the choice of destination is beginning to return to its pre-pandemic trend: the proportion of national destinations is decreasing and options containing international travel are increasing, although they are still far from pre-2020 levels. This also increases bookings of flights to pre-pandemic levels, while trips by private car will decrease 11 points.

In terms of accommodation, the hotel is consolidated in 2022 as the most selected type of accommodation, increasing 9 points compared to 2021, although it has not yet reached the levels recorded before the pandemic.

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