05.03.2024 | 05:18

One in four tourists in Spain is British

24 August, 2022

The data on tourist arrivals for June indicates that, of the 7.5 million international visitors to Spain, almost one in four (24.2% of the total) were from the United Kingdom, which was the main source market with almost 1.8 million tourists. The most popular destinations were the Canary Islands, Andalusia and the Valencia region.

The total spending by these international tourists during June was 8,993 million euros (93% higher than in June 2019). In addition, the average expenditure per visitor and stay exceeded the levels reached in the same month pre-pandemic, coming in at 1,205 euros, 10% more than in 2019, and 6.9 days (6.7 in 2019), according to data from the Frontur and Egatur surveys released today by the Spanish Statistical Office (INE).

In the first six months of the year, Spain received 30.2 million international tourists, who spent 35,769 million euros, 89% higher than pre-pandemic levels. The Balearic Islands was the top destination for tourists, with 26.3% of the total, followed by Catalonia (21.6%) and Andalusia (13.5%). They also had the highest percentage of spending by tourists, with 24.2% of the total, 26.6% and 13.1% respectively.

“The data shows that, despite the current situation of international uncertainty, Spain maintains its competitiveness and a good pace of recovery and continues to be the favourite destination for millions of tourists. Furthermore, we are maintaining the Government's commitment to attracting a “higher quality” of international visitors, who will find many more reasons and experiences while they're here to increase their spending and stay in our country”, said the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.