Spain’s International Tourism Marks New Record in July17/08/2013
Spain received 7,875,997 international tourists in July, which is an increase of 2.9% compared with the same month of 2012. According to the latest tourist border movement survey (Frontur) prepared by the Institute of Tourism Studies of Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, this figure is a new record, and marks the best July since 1995, when the statistical series began.
The United Kingdom, Germany and France led the ranking of arrivals, but the Scandinavian countries, the United Kingdom and Russia were the main markets responsible for the growth of tourists in the month. Andalusia and Catalonia were the tourist destinations to benefit most as a result of the increase.
Up to July this year, over 34 million international tourists visited Spain, an increase of 3.9% over the same period of 2012, representing the best record in the Frontur statistical series, after beating the 33.6 million visitors received in the same period of 2008.
Specifically, in July 1,826,084 tourists came to Spain from the UK, which is 23.2% of the total and up 3.4% from a year earlier. The second source market was France, with 1,269,607 tourists (+2.2%), followed by Germany (1,177,584, up 0.1%) and the Scandinavian countries (with 603,925, 26.5% more). However, there was a notable decline in tourists from Italy (-14.5%), Portugal (-8.7%) and the United States (-8%).
Catalonia was the region to receive most tourists, with 2,103,064, an increase of 3.1%, followed by the Balearic Islands, where the figure rose by 1.7% in July to 2,002,980 tourists. These two regions received more than 50% of the total tourist arrivals. Andalusia ranked in third place, registering 999,912 tourists, followed by the Canary Islands (843,794) and Valencia (842,013). The survey also noted that 76.9% of the tourists came to Spain by plane in July and 60.4% of the total chose hotel accommodation.
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