3 Sep, 2023 @ 15:45
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Spain welcomes 47.6 million tourists in first seven months of year, spending nearly €60 billion

Tourists visit the city of Seville during the heat wave, Seville, July 18, 2019 (Photo by David Carbajo/NurPhoto)

SPAIN welcomed 47.6 million tourists to its shores in the year from January to July, an increase of 21% compared to the same period the year before. 

That’s according to the latest figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE), which also reported that visitors spent nearly €60 billion while in the country, a rise of 25% compared to 2022. 

The number of tourists in the period this year was, however, slightly lower than the same months in 2019, the last full year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and severely disrupted international travel and tourism. The fall in that figure was 0.8%.

Spending has risen compared to 2019, with the €60 billion figure representing a 25% rise on the same period four years ago.  

The INE also reported that the UK sent the most tourists to Spain, with 9.8 million. That figure represents a 17% rise on 2022. 

Then came France, with 6.4 million (a rise of 20% on last year), and then Germany, with six million (up 10% on the same months in 2022).

For the month of July, the INE reported that the Balearic Islands were the most popular destination for tourists, accounting for 24% of the total, followed by Catalonia (23%) and Andalusia (13%).

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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