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August 16, 2016

Foreign tourists spent in Spain 32,685 million euros

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International tourists visiting Spain spent 32,685 million euros in the first half of this year, representing an increase of 8.2% compared to the same period of 2015, according to official survey Egatur, published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). From January to June 2016, the average expenditure per tourist reached 997 euros, with an annual decline of 3.1%, while an average daily expenditure was around 131 euros, by 1.5% more than in the same period a year previous. The average length of journey of foreign tourists was eight days in the first six months of this year, representing a decrease of 4.6 days compared to the average of the same period last year.

Meanwhile, in June 2016 the total volume of foreign visitors in Spain reached the expenses of 7,871,000 euros, an increase of 12.7% compared to the same month last year. In the sixth month of this year, the average expenditure per person was stable, i.e. about 1,038 euros, and the average amount of daily expenses amounted to 134 euros (+ 0.8%). The average length of travel of foreign tourists was 7.7 days, 0.8 days less than the same month last year.

Countries that were the main suppliers of tourists to Spain in the first six months of this year were the United Kingdom (20.6%), Germany (14.6%), the Nordic countries (8.6%) and France (8.1%). In June 2016, especially, were the British, German and French, with the percentage of 23%, 14.8% and 6.8%, respectively, who spent more than others did during their trips to Spain. From January to June 2016, the UK tourists spent in total 6.726 million euros, which is 14.5% more than a year ago, and therefore, they became the absolute leaders among all foreign tourists in Spain. British tourists spent an average of 846 euros per visitor (-1.65%), with a daily average of 110 euros (+ 0.78%). The average duration of their trip to Spain was 8 days, which is 2.4% less than a year ago.

They are followed by tourists from Germany who reached to spend a total of 4,780 million euros, representing an increase by 4.9%. In addition, the Germans recorded expenditure per visitor of 957 euros (-1.69%), with a daily average expenditure of 117 euros (+ 3.2%). The duration of their journeys to Spain was about 8 days, representing a decline of 4.73%. In June 2016, they also spent 12.4%, to 1.164 million euros.

In third place are situated the tourists from the Nordic countries, with a total expenditure of 2,802 million euros, by 5.3% more than in 2015. On average, their expenses amounted to 1,150 euros (-5.74%) per visitor, the highest figure of all countries, with average daily expenditure of 134 euros (-0.96%). The average trip lasted 9 days, which is by 4.83% less than last year. In June 2016, they spent 420 million euros, by 2.85% less.

The statistics on regions of Spain evidence that the Canary Islands accounted for major part of foreign tourist spending, i.e. 7,067 million euros, by 9% more than in the previous year, when the archipelago received 21.6% of the total. They are followed by Catalonia with 6,983 million euros, an increase of 2.8% and 21.4% of the total, and Andalusia, with 5,077 million euros, by 12.2% more and 15.5% of the total. The Balearic Islands occupied the fourth place, as foreign visitors spent there 4,627 million euros, representing an increase of 12.9% compared to the same period of 2015, capturing 14.2% of total annual expenses.

As for the reasons of the trips, tourists who visited Spain in June 2016 for the purpose of rest and relaxation accounted for 83.7% of total expenditure, which is 10.7% more than last year. In addition, 23.7% of foreign tourists visited Catalonia, which is 11.9% more than in June 2015.

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