Tourist spending in Spain up 13.7% in March

21 May, 2013Tourist spending in Spain

According to the Egatur Tourist Expenditure Survey (prepared by the Institute for Tourism Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism), tourists visiting Spain spent 3.28 billion euros in March, an increase of 13.7% on March 2012.

Visitors from France, the Nordic countries and Germany were the main contributors, especially in the Canary Islands and Catalonia. In fact, the Canary Islands had the largest volume of spending between January and March, at 3.16 billion euros (up 7%). Catalonia was second, with 1.99 billion euros and an increase of 14.2% year on year. Andalusia was third with 1.25 billion euros spent in the first quarter, an increase of 10.5%.

UK holidaymakers spent a total of 632 million euros (up 2.2% on March 2012), mainly in Andalusia and Catalonia. French holidaymakers spent the most, a total figure of 400 million euros (a year on year increase of 43.5%), with Catalonia as their favoured destination.

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One thought on “Tourist spending in Spain up 13.7% in March

  1. Richard Stephens

    I am not at all surprised by the popularity Spain enjoys from tourist. We have seaside property there and it is always in demand. The main reasons Spain continues to succeed against strong competition are simple enough: 1. the weather is pretty predictable and even Winter can be brilliant. 2. the Spanish cuisine is fantastic, low prices and usually always supported with friendly service- which is a ‘perfect mix’ totally missed by potential rising locations like Croatia, Greece, S W France, and Slovenia.. in fact most of Eastern Europe. where too often the attitude is rude, food poor &overpriced and service is poor and careless. 3. The Spanish have always stayed ‘safe’ in their provision of what Tourists want- they do not mind guests not speaking the language and are keen and enthusiastic to welcome you just as much as to say adios! In fact the simplest trick is they know how to do tourism, and they literally ‘invest in the tourist’s experience!’ As far as tourism goes…. when the economy gets tough the Spanish simply keep smiling!


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