The arrival of international tourists to Spain fell by 1.6% in May compared to the same month of 2018, to 8 million visitors, while its expense totaled 8,195 million euros, 0.5% more, according to the data published this Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
While the arrival of tourists broke with eight consecutive months to the rise, weighed down by the descent registered in the three main emitting markets (United Kingdom, Germany and France); The cost that they made in their visit to the country tied ten months of increases.
The average expenditure per visitor stood at 1,030 euros, with an interannual increase of 2.2%; and the average daily cost increased by 9.5%, to 163 euros. The average stay was 6.3 days, 0.4 days less than in May 2018.
In the accumulated of the first five months of the year, Spain visited 29.3 million international travelers, 2.7% more; while its expense totaled 30,684 million euros, 3.8% more than a year earlier.
In May, the main tourist issuing market was, one more month, the United Kingdom, with almost 2 million travelers and a decrease of 0.3%. Behind were Germany, with 1.1 million and a decline of 8.8%; and France, with more than 1 million and a fall of 10.7%.
The growth of markets such as Russia (34.8%), Italy (13.8%) and the United States (7.2%) stand out.
As for the expense, the tourists who spent more were the English, with 1.8 million euros (+1.8%); Germans, with 1.03 million (-11%); and French, with 0.6 million (-6.7%). The Nordic travelers – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – spent 0.46 million, 14.2% less.
In the accumulated of the year, the arrival of tourists led the United Kingdom, with 6.3 million travelers (similar to the one a year earlier), Germany (4 million and a rebound of 3.7%) and France (3 , 7 million and a fall of 4.6%).
In terms of spending, the United Kingdom added 5,802 million euros (2.9% more), Germany 4,003 million (+0.5%) and France more than 2,591 million (-1.3%).
In May, Catalonia was the main destination for these travelers, with 1.8 million tourists and an interannual decrease of 2.9%. Behind were the Balearic Islands, with 1.7 million and a drop of 0.4%; and Andalusia, with 1.2 million and a rise of 1.6%.
In Madrid, the arrival of foreign tourists shot up 14.4%, while in the Valencian Community it fell by 4.8% and in the Canary Islands fell by 8.1%.
In the first five months of the year, the autonomies that received the most tourists were Catalonia (with more than 6.7 million and an increase of 2.6%), Canarias (with almost 5.7 million and a decrease of 2.1% ) and Andalusia (with more than 4.4 million, 6.2% more).
In terms of spending, in May they led the table Catalonia (with 2,003 million and a rise of 5.1%), the Balearic Islands (with 1.611 million and a fall of 2.1%), Andalusia, (with 1.188 million, the 3, 2% less) and the Canary Islands (1,070 million, 8.2% less).
In Madrid, this indicator soared 23.8% to 986 million euros.
In the first five months, the Autonomous Communities with the highest accumulated expenditure were the Canary Islands, with 7.115 million and an increase of 2.5%; Catalonia, with 6.851 million and a rebound of 5.6%; Andalusia, with 4,302 million (-2%), and Madrid, with 4,048 million (+18.2%). EFE
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