Spain was visited by 7.8 million international tourists in September, 88.4% of those who arrived in the same month of 2019. These travellers spent 9,243 million euros on their trip and stay, 96% of the value of 2019.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, stressed that “the data confirm that in September the trend of recovery in tourism activity continued, cutting the difference with 2019 even more than in August. Bearing in mind the current climate of general economic uncertainty and high inflation, these figures demonstrate the great resilience being shown by destination Spain, which continues to present positive prospects for the remainder of the year, as reflected by indicators such as airline scheduling and bookings”.
In the first nine months of the year, international tourists who have visited Spain exceeded 55.9 million (83.5% of the same period in 2019) and their spending reached 68,137 million euros (92.7% of 2019). Their average stay in this period has also increased from 7.1 to 7.5 days and the average expenditure grew by 11%, from 1,098 euros to 1,219 euros.
In September, the United Kingdom was the main source market, with 1.8 million tourists, followed by Germany, with 1.1 million and France, with 932,255. The main outbound countries in terms of the level of expenditure in September were the United Kingdom (with 21.2% of the total), Germany (14.0%) and France (8.4%).
In the first nine months of 2022, the United Kingdom is the country with the highest cumulative expenditure (20.2% of the total). It is followed by Germany (13.3%) and France (9.6%).
Main receiving destinations
The main destinations receiving tourists in September were the Balearic Islands, with 1.9 million tourists; Catalonia, with 1.65 million and Andalusia with 1.1 million. Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha and the Principality of Asturias received more international tourists in September than in the same month of 2019.
The autonomous communities of main destination with the greatest weight in tourist spending in September were Illes Balears (with 22.8% of the total), Catalonia (20.2%) and the Canary Islands (13.9%).