Spain recovers 85% of international tourists in April and total expenditure is close to pre-pandemic level

Reyes Maroto: “Easter Week consolidates the trend of rapid and intense recovery of the sector despite the uncertainty of the war”.

FRONTUR and EGATUR data from the INE (National Statistics Institute). The average expenditure per tourist exceeds pre-pandemic levels, even discounting the effects of inflation.

Spain recovered in April 85.4% of the international tourists arrived in the same month of 2019, after receiving 6.1 million international tourists who spent a total of 6,901 million euros on their travels, touching the figures of three years ago, according to data released today by the National Statistics Institute (INE) in its Frontur/Egatur surveys.

“Easter has consolidated the rapid and intense reactivation of the tourism sector, exceeding our own expectations. Moreover, we are receiving tourists who are staying longer in our country and, as a consequence, spending 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 recover pre-pandemic levels,” said the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
The average stay increases by almost a day

The 6,102,142 tourists who visited Spain in April stayed in our 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.

Two out of every ten international tourists who travelled to Spain in April came from the United Kingdom, a market that shows a recovery of 85% compared to April 2019, reaching a figure of 1,246,136 tourists. It is followed, as main markets, by Germany, with 989,807 tourists, (and with a recovery level of 92%) and France, with 826,193 tourists (and a recovery level of 81%). Markets such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland are already sending more tourists than in the pre-pandemic.
Top destinations

Three Autonomous Communities each received more than one million international tourists: Catalonia (1,157,526); the Canary Islands (1,110,097) and the Balearic Islands (1,070,195). Followed by Andalusia (907,596 tourists); Valencia (783,987) and Madrid (545,975).

The British chose the Canary Islands, Community of Valencia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands as their preferred destinations, while the Germans opted above all for the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, the French for Catalonia and the Community of Valencia and the Latin American markets for Madrid.

59.1% of the total expenditure of these tourists corresponds to travellers who stayed overnight in hotel accommodation, while the main item of expenditure corresponds to activities (21.3% of the total), followed by expenditure on international transport not included in tourist packages (19.9%) and expenditure on meals (17.5%).