Canaries boost Spain’s record high in tourism

THE tourism boom continues unabated on mainland Spain, and in the Canary Islands, the month of January setting a record for both tourist arrivals and spending.

Nearly 4.2 million people visited the country, which proved to be a 2.2% rise from the same month last year, and they spent a €4.7bn total, which was 3.6% more than in January 2018. And the Canaries proved to be their favourite destination.

The strong January figures arrived on the back of a bumper year for the tourism industry, and, though growth slowed down in 2018, the full year ended with a record 82.7mn arrivals, and €89bn spent!

According to figures released last Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE), there were 4,196,939 international visitors in Spain in January, some 86,802 more than in January 2018.

It is the sixth year running that Spain has improved its record for January. Britain was the main country of origin, with 807,347 visitors, followed by Germany, with slightly over 500,000. But Spain’s third-largest market, France, experienced an 8.7% drop to 446,307 visitors.

The greatest tourism boost came from the United States, supplying a total of 149,000 visitors, which was a 25.5% rise on the same period last year. The Portuguese market has also grown a significant 21% to 141,000 visitors.

These hefty January figures came on the back of a bumper year for the tourism industry

The in-demand Canaries welcomed 1.16m international tourists, representing 27.6% of the total.

The next most popular destination was Catalonia, with 910,000 visitors, followed by Madrid and Andalusia, each with more than 500,000 visitors.

Most tourists (2.4m) stayed at hotels, followed by holiday rentals (378,467 tourists). Spending also reached a historic high of nearly €4.7bn, which proved to be a 3.6% rise from January 2018.

This, however, is not what visitors spend in Spain because the figure includes airfares, paid in their countries of origin.

But daily expenditure per tourist grew 5% to €138, while the average stay was 8.1 days, which proved slightly less than in January last year.


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