Spanish tourism recovers from the pandemic
The Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) announced the number of tourist visits and their average expenditure in March 2022.
Average spending by tourists visiting Spain in March was €1,257, an annual increase of 13.6% and up from €1,068 in March 2019. Total spending, meanwhile, exceeds €5 billion. euros, or 84% of pre-pandemic levels. In terms of the number of visits, Spain welcomed 4 million international tourists in March, 71% of those who arrived three years ago.
the UK was the main source market in March with nearly 826,399 tourists (18.3% of the total) and in volume of expenditure with €1,013 million (20.0% of the total).
“The recovery in tourism continues to consolidate month by month. Spain closes its first quarter of 2022 with good figures for international tourist arrivals and tourism expenditure, a trend that we expect to intensify during the summer period. The excellent employment figures we saw in April, and particularly in the hotel and restaurant sector due to the extraordinary Easter week, as well as the recovery to pre-pandemic levels of capacity regular airline on international flights, which exceeds 29 million seats for the April-June quarter, are results that make us optimistic,” said the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
In the first three months of 2022, the number of tourists visiting Spain increased by 696.7%, reaching almost 9.7 million. In the same period in 2021, 1.2 million tourists arrived.
In terms of spending, in the first three months of 2022, total spending by international tourists increased by 794.5% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 11,853 million euros.
In terms of country of origin, Germany and France are the second and third largest countries, with numbers of 608,803 (482.2% more in annual rate) and 456,592 (332.0% more) tourists, respectively.
Among the other countries of residence, the annual growth of tourists from Ireland (2,593.7%), the United States (1,976.5%) and the Nordic countries (1292.8%) should be highlighted.
The autonomous regions with the greatest weight in tourism spending in March were the the Canary Islands (with 33.1% of the total), Catalonia (14.8%) and the Community of Madrid (14.5%). The main item of expenditure was activities, followed by international transport not included in the travel package and accommodation.
The Canary Islands was the first main destination for tourists in March, with 27.9% of the total (1.1 million tourists). In second and third place were Catalonia 703,849 (17.5%) and Andalusia 609,437 (15.1%).
In the the Canary Islands1,017.8% more tourists arrived than in March 2021. The main countries of residence of tourists from this community are the UK (with 35.1% of the total) and Germany (18.2%).