Spain received 490,088 international tourists in March, which is 75.5% less than in the same month of 2020, its smallest drop since last July, according to data published this Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). With the decline in March, affected by the impact of Covid on the tourism sector and by restrictions, there have already been 13 consecutive months of decreases in the number of international tourists visiting Spain.
The INE has also reported that spending by foreign tourists reached 513 million euros in March, 76.4% lower than that of the same month of 2020. This is the smallest year-on-year decrease in spending since March last year, when it fell 64%.
If the data for this year are compared with those of March 2019, that is, with levels prior to the pandemic, the visit of international tourists to Spain is reduced by 85.7%, while spending falls by 91.5% .
In the third month of the year, average spending per tourist stood at 1,046 euros, with a year-on-year decrease of 3.9%, while average daily spending fell by 16.9%, to 128 euros.
The average duration of international tourists’ trips reached 8.2 days in March, an increase of 1.1 days compared to the March 2020 average.
France, Germany and Italy were, in this order, the main emitters of tourists visiting Spain.
In the first quarter of the year, the number of tourists who visited Spain decreased by 88.6%, surpassing the figure of 1.2 million, compared to the 10.6 million tourists who arrived in the country in the same period of 2020.
Decrease in spending
In the first three months of 2021, Germany is the country with the highest accumulated spending by international tourists (16.4% of the total). It is followed by France (15.2%) and the Nordic countries as a whole (5.9%). In this period, the main destination autonomous communities with the highest accumulated spending were the Canary Islands (with 29.8% of the total), Catalonia (15.5%) and the Community of Madrid (15.0%).
The Total expenditure made by international tourists visiting Spain in March reaches 513 million euros, which represents a decrease of 76.4% compared to the same month of 2020. Comparing with levels prior to the pandemic, the total expenditure of international tourists in March 2021, presents a decrease of 91.5% compared to as of March 2019. Average spending per tourist stands at 1,046 euros, with an annual decrease of 3.9%. For its part, the average daily expenditure decreased by 16.9%, to 128 euros. The average duration of international tourists’ trips is 8.2 days, which is an increase of 1.1 days compared to the March 2020 average.
Tourist spending decreased 76% in the Canary Islands compared to March 2020, 71.2% in the Community of Madrid and 82.9% in Catalonia. The rest of the communities that are the main destination for tourists also show negative annual rates.