The number of tourists and their expenditure, in historical highs



Spain closed the year 2019 with the arrival of 83.7 million international tourists, 1.1% more than in 2018, Meanwhile he Expense increased by 2.8%, to 92.278 million euros. These are the main data of the surveys on Tourist Movements in Frontier (FRONTUR) and Tourism Expenditure (EGATUR) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics. It is the highest levels reached by the historical series. The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, has celebrated “the good figures with which she has closed 2019 reaching a new record in arrival of international tourists and in expenditure and showing the dynamism of tourism in a year not without difficulties such as Brexit and the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook. These magnificent data allow us to face 2020 with solid pillars and with the confidence that we have a strong sector capable of maintaining Spain as a world leader in tourism competitiveness, ”he said in a press release.

Arrival of tourists

In 2019, the main issuing markets were the United Kingdom, with more than 18 million international tourists, 2.4% less than the previous year; Germany, with almost 11.2 million (-2.1%), and France, with 11.1 million tourists, (-1.2%). Their setbacks were offset by the growth experienced by visitors from the United States (+ 12.6%), Russia (+ 6.9%) and Ireland (+ 6.0%).

By national destinations, Catalonia, despite political instability, was the community that received the most tourists, about 19.4 million, which represents an increase of 0.8%. It was followed by the Balearic Islands (with about 13.7 million and a 1.2% decrease) and the Canary Islands (with more than 13.1 million, 4.4% less). The ministry has highlighted the growth of Madrid, which in 2019 received 7,638,375 tourists, representing an increase of 7% over the previous year.

Increase in spending

In 2019, the main destination autonomous communities with the highest total expenditure were Catalonia (with 21,325 million euros and an increase of 4.1%), Canary Islands (with 16,866 million euros, 1.4% less than in 2018), and Balearic Islands (with 14,878 million euros, an increase of 0.8%). The Community of Madrid also stands out in this section, with an increase of 12.6% and 10,452 million euros. As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest accumulated expenditure in the year with 17,986 million euros (+ 0.2%). It is followed by Germany, with 11,722 million euros (-2.1%) and France, with 7,596 million euros (+ 2.6%).

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