After increasing the number of international arrivals registered in September, the Spanish government believes tourism could return to pre-pandemic levels in 2022.
The Spanish government has stressed that international travel to Spain is recovering quickly, which is also helping the tourism sector to recover from the devastating situation caused by the virus, TheSchengen.com reports.
The number of international tourists in Spain registered a fourfold increase in September compared to last year to around 4.7 million, based on data provided by the National Statistics Office.
Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto noted in this regard, as reported by The Independent: “This data confirms that the revitalization of international tourism is underway and that in 2022 we can restore pre-pandemic levels.”
Maroto previously confirmed that international tourism will be half the pre-COVID-19 level during this year compared to the 2020 figures.
Authorities in Spain have not followed the example of other European countries to require proof of valid vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for travelers when planning to enter restaurants or bars. This decision helped non-vaccinated visitors to enjoy their holiday in Spain without having to go through testing requirements every few days.
According to figures published by the World Health Organization, a total of 5,022,546 people in Spain have tested positive for the Corona virus since the beginning of the epidemic, while the virus and its new strains have caused the death of 87,477 people in Spain during the same period. .
WHO figures show that in the past 24 hours, more than 1,700 people have tested positive for the virus.
Based on data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a total of 91.2 percent of the population in Spain has been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
Last month, the latest maps prepared by the ECDC showed Spain as the safest destination in the European Union for those looking to travel amid the ongoing pandemic.
ECDC figures have shown that the majority of Spain is colored green, making this region a safe destination for all people who want to travel there during the fall and winter holidays.
However, Spanish authorities revealed that the total number of arrivals in September was much lower than the 8.8 million who visited Spain in September 2019, before the outbreak of the Coruna virus.
In addition, tourists spend €5.04 billion in Spain, which is a marked increase compared to €964 million in the previous year, but still low compared to €9.62 billion spent in September 2020.
According to the authorities in Spain, the Germans made up the largest group of international travelers, followed by the British and the French.