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As expected, the arrival of tourists to Spain also went back in June. In particular, in the sixth month of the year came to our country a total of 204.926 foreign visitors, a 97,7% less in June of 2019, according to data released today by Frontur. Despite the fact that in June ended the state of alarm in Spain, the fact that ending with the month for very advanced (day 21) and the few flights operating during that date by the uncertainty of the health crisis and restrictions in the borders caused the number of tourists who came to our country to come back to collapse for the fourth consecutive month. Remember that in April and may did not reach any tourist by the pandemic, while in march, the month in which it was decreed confinement, fell 64%.
all in all, in the first half of the year have come 10.785.196 tourists, a figure very distant from the over 38 million that did so in the same time in 2019. It seems clear that this year will be truncated, after seven consecutive, the record of international tourist arrivals. Now the question is whether in the second half of the year, where until now the tourism works in the medium gas by the uncertainty of the bud in the whole world, will exceed the figure achieved in the first half.
The decision by the Uk to pass a quarantine of two weeks to one that reaches from Spain will have an impact on the tourism of our country. Because the country british, despite the crisis, remains the main sending country so far this year, with more than 2 million tourists. Also notes that in June has not been, nor among the five countries that most tourists are issued to Spain, a figure unheard of in recent years. In particular only came 8.473 british tourists in the said month, a 99.6% less than last year.
The French, another of our main markets, were the most traveled to Spain in June, though the total figure, 64.895, is a 93,2% less than last year. For its part, Germany came 33.740 travelers, 97.4% less, while that of the Netherlands and Italy came 12.321 and 10.426 people, a 96% and 97% less, respectively. In fifth place are the belgians, who came 9.608 in June. Outside of Europe there is no data because during those dates, the borders with countries outside the EU were still closed.
For regions, Catalonia was the main destination, receiving more than 37% of the total. Thus, the Catalan community came 76.634 tourists, 96.5% less than in June 2019. It was followed by the Valencian Community, where they arrived 31.487 tourists, representing a decrease of 96,6%. In third place are the Balearic Islands, where he implemented a pilot program of opening of corridors for tourist insurance from the 11th of June, which resulted in a lifting of the restrictions on the borders. In spite of this, were 28.382 tourists, a 98.6 per cent less.
The spending braking on dry
In terms of tourist expenditure, in June, the tourists were left in Spain 137,37 million, a 98.6 per cent less than in 2019, according to data from the Egatur. The health crisis slams on the brakes the progression of this statistic in recent years, with records straight from 2013. In the first nine months of the year, spending has been reduced in a 70,66% compared to the first half of 2019. In total, the tourists have spent almost 39,000 million euros less than last year.
The health situation will continue hitting tourism. In fact, Exceltur predicts that the loss arrive this year to 83.000 million euros. A number that could increase if the countries of our environment continue recommending not to travel to Spain.
it Also lowered the average expenditure per tourist, which was established in the 651 euros, representing an annual decrease of 40.6 per cent. The average expenditure journal also fell 30.4%, to 114 euros. For its part, the average stay for tourists was a decrease of 1 day (5,7) in comparison with the last year.
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