The Spanish government announced that the country received about five million international travelers during August 2021, registering an increase of 172 percent compared to the same month last year.
Moreover, according to data provided by Turespaña, the numbers registered during the month of August represented nearly half or 48.6 percent of all arrivals registered during the pre-pandemic period, August 2019, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, assessed the figures and said that this positive development has confirmed that the trend of gradual recovery of international travelers has helped the sector.
“The progress made in vaccinating the population, together with tools developed to promote Spain as a safe destination, such as the COVID-EU digital certificate, have enabled more than five million international air travelers to come to Spain,” the minister said.
The Spanish authorities revealed that the increase in the number of international travelers was prevalent in all major source countries.
The same confirmed that the UK was the leading market for the first time this year. The number of passengers arriving from the UK during August 2021 tripled compared to 2020. Accordingly, 821,853 Britons arrived in Spain in August, registering an increase of 212.6 per cent.
Earlier this month, the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE) revealed that also during the month of July, tourists from the UK registered a 46.5 per cent increase compared to 2020.
“The UK government’s decision to relax its travel regulations from 4 October is a step in the right direction that will help increase mobility in our primary source market. Spain is open to UK residents who have been fully vaccinated or are traveling with negative PCR,” Maroto added.
Aside from the United Kingdom, the second source country from which the majority of international passengers arrived in Spain in August was Germany, with 803,558 travelers whose main destination was the Balearic Islands.
followed by the state:
France – 540,679 Italy – 491,698 Netherlands – 369,269 Switzerland – 221,369 Belgium – 203,404 Portugal – 136,907 Ireland – 119,781 Poland – 113,527 Denmark – 90,951
With regard to the autonomous communities, the Spanish authorities revealed that the Balearic Islands accommodated more than a quarter or 1.29 million international travelers. It is followed by Madrid with 923,738 passengers, Catalonia with 915,387 passengers, Andalusia with 615,809 passengers, and the Canary Islands with 574,345 international passengers.
For airports, Palma de Mallorca received the largest number of international passengers, accounting for 18.4 percent of all arrivals.
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