The arrival of tourists has recovered the growth path in November following four months of falls. Spain is about his seventh annual record in a row. In the eleventh month of the year, came to the country 4.664.345 tourists, according to the Statistics of Tourist Movements in Borders (Frontur) released on Friday by the INE. The figure is 2.8% higher than the November 2018 and thus break with a losing streak of minor falls that had lived in the sector from July to October. The nearly 4.7 million tourists that entered the country spent $ 5.068 million euros, 3.7% more than a year before.
Spain has the scope to beat in 2019, your annual record of arrival of tourists for the seventh year in a row. From 1 January to 30 November received 79,4 million visitors, a 1,19% more than in the first eleven months of the previous year. This means that in December would have to overcome the 3.4 million visitors to beat the mark of 82,8 million tourists in 2018. From 2015, all of the months of December, have stayed above that figure, so barring a major setback, Spain is headed to its seventh annual record in a row.
The recovery occurs despite the fact that the arrival of the british, the main market, continued to contract. From United Kingdom arrived 875.196 tourists, 6.4% less than in November of 2018. The same thing happened, although with a drop more mild, in the case of the germans, who were 572.891, a 0.4% lower. On the contrary, the third emitting source, France, showed a spectacular growth. 576.020 French tourists visited Spain in November, representing a year-onyear increase of 20.6 per cent and ahead of the German as a second nationality more frequently. Despite this, the three main markets of origin of tourists show negative rates in the first nine months of the year. From January to November, the british have fallen 2.2%, German 1.8% and the French by 1.3% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Increases the spending
In the nine of the first 11 months, the spending of international tourists rises to 87.265 million, 3% more than in the same period of 2018. Almost one-fifth of that expenditure (19,7%) corresponds to the british tourists, who spend 0.5% more. The second nationality that more spending accumulates, the German, has experienced a decline of 2.2 per cent. On the contrary, tourists from the rest of the world (a category in which the INE includes all the visitors who are not from the Uk, Germany, France, Italy or the nordic countries) has increased its spending by 6.6% in the first 11 months of 2019. In absolute terms, its expenditure is raised to 42.041 million euros, almost half of the total.
Canary leads November
the Canary islands (1.17 million), Catalonia (1.05 million) and Madrid (665.852) are the communities that most international tourists received in November. So far this year, Catalonia (18,36 million) leads ahead of the Balearic islands (13,55 million) and the Canary islands (11,95 million). Madrid occupies the sixth position (you advance also Andalusia and the Valencian Community), but is one that reflects a better performance, with a growth of 7.5% in the first 11 months of 2019, compared to the same period of 2018. Island communities, by contrast, accuse the competition of other markets focused on the sun and beach, and show decreases of 4.4% in the case of the Canary islands and of 0.8% in the Balearics.
From the point of view of expenditure, the Canary islands, with 1.482 million, leads in November on Catalonia (968 million) and Madrid (862 million) in November. In the first nine months of the year, it again reversed the tables and Catalonia moves to the first position (20.250 million) ahead of Cansrias (15.374 million) and the Balearic islands (14.734 million). And new Madrid is one that reflects a higher growth year-on-year, as 9.665 million that have left the tourists there between January and November, improved in 12.8% the figure of 2018.
In terms of the means of arrival, of the 4.7 million international tourists who came to Spain in November, the vast majority (3.9 million) did so on the plane. The road, with 630.650 tourists, is the second most common route, whereas ships (121.655) and trains (10.068) were much less frequent. Something more than three million stayed in hotels (with a growth of 5%), 517.825 did so in tourist homes and 207.551 in other types of tourist accommodations. The 915.388 remaining used accommodations that are considered to be outside the tourism sector, mainly in homes of their own or of people they know.Updated Date: 03 January 2020, 14:00