Spain receives record tourists in July
August 24, 2012
In July this year, Spain received 7.7 million international tourists, representing an increase of 4.4% over the same month last year, or 328,000 more people.
According to the Survey of Tourist Border Movements (Frontur) prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, these figures mark an all-time high in the records for monthly arrivals.
The Ministry stressed that “this increase strengthens the positive trend seen throughout the year, with the exception of the month of April.”
Germany and France were the markets that contributed most to the month’s increase, and Catalonia was the destination that registered most growth.
Accumulated in the year, from January to July, Spain received about 33 million visitors, representing a rise of 3.3% year-on-year.
1.76 million tourists arrived from the UK in July, up 0.5% from a year earlier, and their main preferred destination was the Balearic Islands, followed by Catalonia.
The second source market was France, increasing 7.7% over the previous year to 1.27 million tourists. The Ministry, headed by José Manuel Soria, pointed out that “this positive result is mainly concentrated in Catalonia, their main destination.”
Germany followed, with 1.17 million tourists (+9.7%), and Italy, with 479,607 visitors (+5.7%).
El Mundo reported that also noteworthy, is the increase in arrivals from the United States, which soared 27% in July, reaching 180,040 tourists.
In July Catalonia was the first national tourist destination, and also experienced the biggest increase of the period, in line with the positive trend held throughout the year, as explained by the Ministry.
Specifically, the region received 2.02 million tourists, up 9%, driven by the flow of arrivals from the British, French and German markets.
The Balearic Islands, in second place, saw an increase in tourists of 2.6% in July, reaching 1.98 million. Germany, traditionally its main source market, led this increase, together with a positive contribution from the UK market.
Andalusia again registered a decrease (-2.1%), marking its seventh consecutive decline, but less intense than the previous months. Specifically, the region received 933,902 tourists, and the reduction in the number of British tourists, its primary market source, explains much of this negative result.
The fourth most visited destination was the Canary Islands, which received 821,969 tourists in July, down 14%, and which breaks the trend of increases in previous months, with the exception of April.
Frontur’s data also shows that airport arrivals increased by 5.9% in July, in line with the trend experienced throughout the year.
Road travel broke the downward trend of the first half of the year, with the exception of May, and rose 1.9%.
Tourists staying in hotels rose slightly (0.8%), following the strong increases in the first half. By contrast, non-hotel accommodation in July broke from the path of decline of recent months, registering a major increase of 10.6%.
Tourists travelling on a package holiday fell for the second time this year (-4.4%), while those not on a package holiday increased by 8.3%, after the declines of earlier in the year.
Article source: Kyero.com