LIFESTYLE – MARBELLA – Spain received around 4.4 million foreign tourists in July, 78% more

LIFESTYLE – MARBELLA – Spain received around 4.4 million foreign tourists in July, 78% more

Spain received around 4.4 million foreign tourists in July, 78% more

The main countries of origin were France, Germany and the United Kingdom – The average expenditure per tourist was 1,190 euros, 19.3% more than in July 2020

Spain received about 4.4 million international tourists, 78.3% more than in the same month of 2020, and the total expenditure they made stood at 5,231 million, 112% more than the 2,458 million of a year before.

The increase in foreign visitor arrivals in July this year compared to the past is largely explained by the fact that in 2020 the state of alarm had barely been lifted and international movements were much more limited.

Compared to June, the number of foreign tourists practically doubles; However, the figures are 55.5% lower than those of July 2019, when Spain received 9.87 million international tourists, according to published data from the National Institute of Statistics.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, highlights, in any case, that the data reflects “the gradual recovery of international tourism and shows that Spain has managed to be perceived as a safe destination by millions of travelers.”

In his opinion, the confidence of international tourists is due to the “effective” advance of the vaccination process in Spain, which places the country at the head of world powers, together with the leadership shown by the Spanish tourism sector in the development and deployment of strict security protocols.

“Added to this is the determined drive of the Government of the COVID-EU Digital Certificate and the effective promotion of our destinations carried out by Turespaña and its network of ministries abroad,” she added in a statement.

874,189 tourists came from France who visited Spain in July, 19.9% ​​of the total, and 46.6% more than a year earlier, making the neighboring country the leading source of international tourists.

Germany and the United Kingdom were the next countries with the most tourists in Spain at the start of the summer: 707,331 German travelers, 64.5% more, and 555,183 British, 46.5% more.

The Executive Vice President of Exceltur, José Luis Zoreda, highlights the importance of local markets, since French and Portuguese tourists arrive more or less by geographical area.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has caused Spain to receive 9.8 million in the first seven months of the year, compared to 13.2 million in the same period of 2020 and far from the almost 48 million foreign tourists there. 2019 dates.

Zoreda draws attention to the fact that in all of 2021 the same tourists have arrived who did it only in July 2019.

In the accumulated year, France is once again the main country of origin of tourists, with about 2.1 million visitors, 1.8% more, followed closely by Germany, with almost 1.9 million tourists , 6.4% more.

Balearic Islands and Catalonia, main destinations

The Balearic Islands were the main destination for foreign tourists in July, with 30% of the total, which translates into 1.3 million visitors, 124.3% more, among which Germans and British stand out.

Next, Catalonia, where the number of visitors increased by 86.4% in July compared to the previous year, to 814,310 tourists and one in three came from France.

The third main destination region by number of tourists was the Valencian Community, with 607,214 and an annual increase of 58.5%, and in this case France was also the main country of origin (with 167,547 visitors), followed by the United Kingdom ( with 74,046).

In fourth place is Andalusia, with 554,924 foreign visitors, 54.3% more; then the Canary Islands, with 414,244 tourists, 92.1% more, and the Community of Madrid, with 219,035, in this case 187.2% more than a year earlier.

Average expenditure of 1,190 euros

In addition, the INE has published the tourist expenditure survey, which shows that foreign visitors spent a total of 5,231 million euros in July, compared to 2,458 million a year before or 11,942 million in the same month of 2019.

This translates into an average expenditure per tourist of 1,190 euros, 19.3% more than in July 2020; the average daily expenditure is 144 euros, 16% more.

And it is that the average duration of international tourists’ trips was 8.3 days, which represents an increase of 0.3 days compared to the average of July 2020.

In the accumulated year, the total expenditure of foreign visitors is 10,996 million, 23.2% less than the previous year and a reduction of almost 80% compared to July 2019.

Hoteliers estimate occupancy on the Costa del Sol in July at 40’44%

According to data compiled by the Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol, (AEHCOS) among its associates, the month of July shows an occupancy of 40.44%, of which 24% are foreigners.

The forecast for the month of August is estimated at 39.90% of which 21% are foreigners.

The rate of opening of places in hotels associated with AEHCOS is around 80% or 90%

As they point out from the association “The reservations come in less and less in advance, which makes it very difficult to be able to make accurate forecasts even one week ahead. The significant decline in the British market has marked us these two months, since they account for 26% of bookings in the province of Malaga. “

The hotel management trusts that in a few days the British Government can remove the restrictions and thus try to recover the market.

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