International visitors to Spain spent 9,010 million euros in the first quarter of 2012, 7.4% more than last year, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (EGATUR) drafted by the Institute for Tourism Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
The average daily spend increased by 13.8% to 108 euros, while the average expenditure per tourist rose by 4.7% to 984 euros.
In March, international tourists spent 3.609 million euros, 11.9% more than the same month of 2011.
British tourists contributed the most spending 631 million euros representing an increase of 10% compared to the same month in 2011. The second highest spenders were the Germans who spent a total of 598 million euros, a decrease of 0.6%, followed by tourists from the Nordic countries, who spent 507 million euros, an increase of 14.3%.
By region, Catalonia registered the largest increase in spending with a 31.2% rise, and revenues of 754 million euros, followed by the Community of Madrid, which recorded a 22.5% increase in international tourist spending and revenue of 380 million euros.
The Canary Islands registered the most income with 1,080 million euros, an increase of 3.6% over March 2011.
The average daily spend in March grew considerably by 19.3% to 115 euros.
For the period between January and March the German market provided the largest income. German tourists spent a total of 1,519 million euros, representing 16.9% of the total, and an increase of 3.7% over the same period last year.
In the same period British tourists spent 1.467 million euros, representing a 5% increase over the same period last year and 16.3% of the total.
The Nordic countries increased spending by 10.6% to 1.243 million euros, accounting for 13.8% of the total.
The Canary Islands was the region with the highest tourist spend for the first quarter with 3.048 million euros received, an increase of 6.2% and representing 33.8% of the total tourist revenue in Spain.
Catalonia accounted for 20.2% of international tourism expenditure, an increase of 17.6% to 1.821 million euros.
The Community of Madrid, was the destination for 11.3% of international tourism expenditure, registering an increase of 14.3% to 1.022 million euros.
Accommodation and travel purpose
The number of tourists staying in hotels was 62.4%. Those tourists increased their spending by 6.5% to 5.621 million euros.
The “package-holiday” tourists spent 3,010 million, up 13.9% on the first three months of last year.