Over 9.1 Million International Tourists Visited Spain in July of This Year

A total of 9.1 million tourists visited Spain in July of this year and spent €11,869 million on their trip, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

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The number means that the country has marked a recovery of 92 per cent of the arrivals in the same month of 2019, and the collected money from these tourists represents -0.6 per cent of July spending in 2019, reports.

“These extraordinary data confirm our forecasts that in 2022 we would already experience a summer like the ones before, despite the challenge represented by the current inflation context. In addition to the recovery of our main European markets, we add the growth in arrivals from the US, a market that is also approaching pre-pandemic figures,” the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, pointed out in this regard.

As for the average expenses of tourists in July, they increased by €100 compared to the same month of 2019, thus going from €1209 to €1309. As a result, the average stay also increased from 7.5 to 7.7 days.

INE also reveals that in the accumulated figure for the year, arrivals in July exceeded 39 million, and expenses reached €47,637 million.

“The United Kingdom was the main source market with 1.9 million tourists (88 per cent of those who came in July 2019); followed by France, with more than 1.4 million (98 per cent compared to 2019) and Germany, with about 1.1 million, representing 88 per cent of those who arrived in the pre-pandemic,”

In addition, some markets have been sending more travellers to Spain than in the pre-pandemic phase, such as:

  • The Netherlands with 556,650 or +9.5per cent
  • Belgium with 418,309 or +8.6 per cent
  • Portugal with 301,749 or +17.6 per cent

Meanwhile, taking into account these data among distant markets, the good performance of the USA stands out, which has emitted about 361,498 tourists, equivalent to 85 per cent of arrivals in July 2019.

In July, international tourists choose the Balearic Islands as the main destination. Thus, one in four tourists who visited Spain went to the islands, which hosted almost 2.3 million tourists, mainly British and German.

Compared to 2019, the Balearic Islands reached pre-pandemic figures, with a recovery of 97 per cent, followed by Catalonia with nearly two million, representing 83 per cent of arrivals in the same month of 2019. French and other citizens who come from European countries mainly choose Catalonia for vacation.

The third place was occupied by the Community of Valencia, which received 1.1 million international tourists, mainly British and French, who make up 90.5 per cent of those who arrived in 2019.

Moreover, the communities that welcome the most tourists are Catalonia, with almost 8 million; Illes Balears, with almost 7.5 million and Canarias, with almost 6.8 million.

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