Spain recovered a total of 85.4% of international tourists in April, after welcoming 6.1 million international visitors who spent 6,901 million euros on their trips, meaning the figures were close to those before the pandemic.
Such conclusions have been drawn from recent data published by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) in its Frontur/Egatur surveys, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In this regard, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, pointed out that Holy Week has consolidated the rapid reactivation of the tourism industry, exceeding expectations.
“In addition, we welcome tourists who stay longer in our country and, therefore, spend more on their trip, which indicates that we are moving towards a higher quality and more profitable tourism model. Despite the uncertainty of the war and its consequences, Spain is among the preferred international destinations for travel, and our forecasts for the summer season indicate that we will return to pre-pandemic levels,” said the minister.
According to the statement provided by the country’s Ministry of Commerce and Tourism, the 6,102,142 tourists who visited Spain in April stayed in the country for an average of 7.3 days, almost a day longer. than three years ago, when the average stay was 6.4 days. As a result, the average expenditure per tourist increased by 15%, from 987 euros to 1,131 euros.
The same pointed out that out of ten international visitors who entered Spain in April were British citizens, a market that shows a total recovery of 85% compared to the statistics for the same month in 2019, reaching the figure of 1,246,136 tourists.
A total of 989,807 tourists came from Germany, marking an improvement of 92% and 826,193 from France, representing a recovery level of 81%. As for markets like Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, they send out more tourists than before the pandemic.
The following Autonomous Communities received the highest number of international visitors, according to the report of the same ministry:
- Catalonia (1,157,526)
- Canary Islands (1,110,097)
- Balearic Islands (1,070,195)
- Andalusia (907,596)
- Valencian Community (783,987)
- Community of Madrid (545,975)
Among the favorite destinations of UK citizens are the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands as well as Andalusia.
Spanish authorities have also lifted the majority of restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Coronaivurs and its new variants, which has also helped the country’s travel and tourism sector to recover from the difficult situation caused by COVID-19. .