International tourists spend more in Spain

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International tourists spend more in Spain

Visitors at Park Güell in Barcelona, Easter 2017. Photo: EFE/Quique García. (EFE)
Visitors at Park Güell in Barcelona, Easter 2017. Photo: EFE/Quique García. (EFE)

The number of international tourists having their holidays in Spain is on the rise. And they are spending more than they used to. These were some of the findings of the Tourist Spending Survey (Egatur), which shows that international tourist spending in Spain was 13,655 million euro in the first quarter of 201713.2% more than in Q1 2016.

The survey, published by the National Statistics Institute (INE), also reveals that the average daily expensesof international tourists also increased to 141 euro (+7.1%). Likewise, the average international tourist expenditure for the first three months of 2017 was 1039 euro, 4% higher than in Q1 2016.

The segments with the sharpest increases are transport (+21.2%; 21.4% of total expenditure), travel packages (+3.7%; 20.2% share) and travel activities (+7.4%; 17.5% share).

Britons and Germans, top spenders

According to the latest Egatur, UK and Germany are the outbound markets with the highest cumulative expenditure. British visitors to our country spend 2604 million euro, which accounts for 19.1% of total expenditure by foreigners and is 17.1% higher than in the first term of 2016.

A few weeks ago, the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda and Tourspain launched ‘Spain In My Heart’, a campaign aimed at strengthening Spain’s position as a priority travel destination among British tourists, who already make our top visitors (17.8 million in 2016).

As to German visitors, they spent 1765 million euro in Q1 2017, which is 6.8% more than in Q1 2016 and 12.9% of the total expenditure by international tourists.

Third-placed are Scandinavians, who spent 1563 million euro on holidays in our country (+3.9%; 11.4% of total expenditure).