Spain has attracted57.3 million international tourists in the first eight months of the year, which means an increase of 0.1% with respect to the same period of 2017, according to the provisional data of the Survey of Frontier Tourist Movements (Frontur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) ).
From January to August, the expense of international tourists has reached 62,230 million euros, with an increase of 2.8% compared to the same period of 2017, according to the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) published also on Tuesday by Statistics.
In August, Spain has received 10.2 million international visitors, 1.9% less than the same month of 2017, which have made a total expenditure of 11,539 million euros, which represents an increase of 1.8% over the same month of 2017.
The average daily expenditure per tourist in June wasand 1,100 euros, with an annual rebound of 3.2%, while the average daily expenditure grew by 6.2%, to 152 euros.
So far this year, the United Kingdom (with 12.9 million foreign tourists) it has remained as the first issuing marketbut it registered a decline of 2.9% compared to the first eight months of 2017; France followed with about 8.3 million international tourists, practically the same, and Germany, with more than 7.7 million visitors, 5.8% less.
Catalonia is the main destination of foreign tourists arrived in Spain in the first eight months of the year, with more than 13.4 million, 2.7% less than in the same period of 2017, followed by the Balearic Islands, with almost 10.2 million visitors (-0.8 %), and Canary Islands, with more than 9 million (-3%).