Spain breaks monthly tourist record- yet again- as visitors continue to flood back

Record May foreign tourist figures in Spain
Record May foreign tourist figures in Spain

THE BIG return of foreign tourists is continuing unabated with May joining the first four months of the year to record all-time high international visitors.

Figures from the National Statistics Institute published on Tuesday showed 8.2 million people arrived in Spain last month- 17.6% up on a year earlier, and crucially 3.8% more than the previous May record set in 2019.

6.8 million people flew into country while 1.2 million came by road- 52.8% up on a year earlier in an indication fuel prices have dramatically fallen over 12 months.

Tourists spent €9.73 billion in May at an average of €1,183 per head- up 3% year-on- year.

United Kingdom arrivals accounted for 22% of the total with 1.8 million visitors, followed by France and Germany on1.2 million and 1.1 million respectively.

Cumulatively, foreign tourist numbers have risen by 28% in the first five months of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.

The most popular destination for foreign tourists were the Balearic Islands, accounting for 21.9% of the total, followed by Catalunya (21.8%) and Andalucia (14.7%).

The biggest percentage rise in tourist numbers was the Valencian Community- up 26.3% on May 2022, followed by 23.3% for the Community of Madrid.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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