Spain: Tourist arrivals on the rise

Spain was visited by 28.2 million international tourists in the first eleven months of 2021, a 54.1% increase compared to the same period in 2020, according to data released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Tuesday.

Foreign tourist spending to Spain between January and November last year rose 63.8% compared to the same period in 2020 to reach 31.274 billion euros. The main emitting countries during the first eleven months of 2021 are: France (with approximately 5.3 million tourists and an increase of 42% compared to the same period in 2020); Germany (with about 4.7 million and an increase of 107.5%), and the United Kingdom (with about 3.9 million tourists, an increase of 27.6%). In the month of November alone, Spain received over 3.3 million international tourists, which is seven times more than the same month in 2020. These tourists spent 3,748 million euros, or almost eight times the amount spent in November 2020.

In the first 11 months of 2021, the autonomous communities receiving the most tourists are the Balearics (with an increase of over 6.2 million and a 265.4 percent increase compared to the same period in 2020), Catalonia (with an increase of about 5.2 million more) . 37.6% and Canaries (with about 4.4 million, or 21.7% more).

During the same period, the main destination autonomous communities that recorded the highest cumulative spending are the Balearic Islands (with 22.8% of the total), the Canary Islands (19%) and Catalonia (15.8%).

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