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January 20, 2023

Spain Welcomed 4.3 Million International Tourists in November Last Year

A total of 4.3 million international tourists arrived in Spain last November, which is 93 per cent of the number of travellers who arrived in Spain in the same month of 2019.

The data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) also revealed that these travellers spent €5,387 million on their travel and stay in Spain, €319 million more or 6.2 per cent than in November 2019, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Such data show that in the first eleven months of last year, international tourists who visited Spain exceeded 67 million. This number represents 85 per cent of the figures marked for the same period of 2019. Meanwhile, accumulated expenses amount to €81,821 million, or 94 per cent of 2019.

“2022 will be remembered as the year of tourism recovery after the impact of the pandemic. According to our forecasts, during 2022, international tourists who will have visited Spain will exceed 71.5 million, and the accumulated expenditure will reach 87,100 million,” the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, pointed out in this regard.

Taking into account the increase in total tourist expenditures in the month of November, the average increase in expenditures per tourist in this month is 14 per cent, compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Based on this data, the average daily expenses go from €161 in November 2019 to €165 in November 2022.

In addition, the leading country sending most tourists to Spain is the United Kingdom, with 828,680 visitors, representing 19.1 per cent of all tourists coming to Spain.

The UK is followed by France and Germany with the most tourists visiting Spain with 585,567 tourists and 529,562 respectively.

Moreover, the first main destination for tourists in November was the Canary Islands with 27.3 per cent of the total. After the Canary Islands comes Catalonia with 22.2 per cent and Andalusia with 13.7 per cent.

In the first 11 months of last year, among the autonomous communities that received the most tourists are the following:

  • Catalonia with 14.0 million
  • Illes Balears 13.1 million
  • Canary Islands 11.1 million

Data published in December by Spain’s national tourism body, Turespaña, revealed that Spain registered 5.3 million passengers at national airports during November 2022, representing 93.2 per cent of those who arrived in the same month of 2019.

According to these data, last year the arrival of passengers by air reached 74.7 million.