Spanish Tourists’ Travel Down 10.9% in Q1

May 31st, 2013

Spanish tourists travelled 10.9% less in the first quarter of this year, with 43.2 million trips made to the end of last month, according to data from the Familitur Survey of Tourist Movements (IET) published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

Domestic travel accounted for 93% of the total number of journeys made through April, with the majority of the trips being for leisure, or visits to relatives and friends, and the only ones showing growth at the start of the year.

Declining numbers were noticeable in all types of trips and in all modes of transport, with only rail transport remaining stable.

With regard to accommodation, widespread declines were also registered, except for stays with families and friends, and all regions saw a reduction in the number of trips, except the Canary Islands, Extremadura and Navarra.

During the month of April, Spanish residents made 12.6 million trips, representing a drop of 23.1% over the previous year. The Government attributed this decline to the fact that Easter, which this year took place in March, when an increase of 15.6% was registered, took place in April in 2012.

Analysing the two months together El Mundo reported that, between March and April 2013, the Spanish cut their travel by 8.7% over the same period last year, with 25.4 million trips.

The Government also noted that the bulk of the Easter trips, regardless of the month in which they were made, suffered a decline of 1.1%.

According to the survey, which published the final data for January 2013, the Spanish made 9.9 million trips in the month, which represented a drop of 9.3% compared to the first month of 2012.

In January, almost five out of every ten trips were destined for Andalusia, Catalonia, Castilla y León and Valencia. Of the rest, the results were mixed, and highlighted increases for the Canary Islands, Navarra, La Rioja and the Balearic Islands.

Hotel accommodation decreased in January (-22.8%), as well as non-hotel accommodation(-6.1%), while there was only a slight increase in the use of own homes, and trips to stay with relatives or friends suffered a decline of 6.8%.

Travel by car and by plane both experienced declines, while bus and train travel remained stable, registering a slight increase in domestic travel.

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