Data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) shows that in January 2020, Spain recovered about 60 percent of international tourist arrivals compared to the pre-pandemic era.
Meanwhile, in January 2021, the number of foreign visitors more than fivefold, when 2.5 million tourists arrived in Spain, increasing overall spending by 516.7 percent compared to last year, TheSchengen.com reports.
In a press release issued by the Spanish government on March 3, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, indicated that the data published in January confirmed that the impact of the Omicron variable on tourism was less than expected. However, it managed to slow down.
“While waiting to see how the war in Ukraine could affect tourist flows in the coming months, the government of Spain is already working on alternatives to the possible absence of Russian tourists in this high season in our destinations most exposed to this market, such as Catalonia,” the minister noted in this regard.
According to the Government of Spain, differently from 2021, the UK is classified as the main source market, which means that around 363,150 UK tourists visited Spain in January, which is an increase of 1,461.3 per cent over the same period. Last month.
Other countries from which most tourists come to Spain are France and Germany.
France contributed 347,955 tourists, which means an increase of 195.6% in the annual rate, and Germany with 282,280 tourists, which is 452.2% more.
Meanwhile, the destination that received the most international tourists is the Canary Islands. Their share of the total number of tourists reached 30.06 percent, followed by Catalonia with 463.661 tourists, or 18.6 percent of the total, and Andalusia with 323896 tourists, or 13 percent.
In terms of the nationality of the tourists, those who mainly travel to the Canary Islands are mainly British and German.
In addition, average tourist spending in January exceeded pre-pandemic levels.
“The average spending of a tourist was 1,217 euros compared to 1,155 euros in January 2020. The average length of stay was 9.9 days, up from 8 days two years ago,” the statement read.
The total expenditure of international tourists who visited Spain in January was 27 billion euros, which means an increase of 63 percent compared to January 2020.
The Canary Islands, Catalonia and the Community of Madrid are the regions that have the largest share of tourism spending in December, and they are as follows:
Canary Islands (37.3 percent) Catalonia (14.4 percent) Community of Madrid (12.7 percent)
On the other hand, when updating the list of EU/EEA countries that are required to follow entry rules upon arrival in Spain, the authorities also clarified that Belgium, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia, Finland, Estonia and will remain Slovakia, Slovenia, France (except for Mayotte), Ireland, Hungary, Greece and Latvia Iceland, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Norway, Malta, Luxembourg, Portugal, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Romania are part of the risk list.
According to travelers from third countries, only those who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are currently allowed to enter Spain.