Spain Received Over 55 Million Foreign Tourists to November

According to the latest data from the survey of tourist border movements (Frontur) released on Friday, Spain received 55.1 million foreign tourists in the first eleven months of the year, which represents an increase of 2.9% over the same period in 2011. In November alone, three million foreign tourists visited Spain, which is a figure similar to that achieved last year and is far from the decline recorded last month.

The United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Nordic countries remained the principal source markets, while the continued growth in Russian tourism was highlighted, of 46.6% in November and 41.5% over the whole year.

The data published by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism shows that of the main source markets, the United Kingdom, France and the Nordic countries recorded increases in November of 4.8%, 12.6% and 8.6%, respectively. However, Germany registered a decline of 3.5%, and Italy of 9.5%.

By region, all achieved positive results, except the Canary and Balearic Islands. The Canary Islands, the number one destination in November, dropped by 3.9%, mainly due to the lower number of German tourists, and registered two consecutive months of declines. Catalonia, the second destination in November, continued the upward trend of previous months, registering an increase of 2.4%, due mainly to visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Madrid, the third preferred destination, returned to the path of growth experienced the first half of the year, with an increase of 3.3%, which was greatly due to the increased influx of French tourists. Andalusia, the fourth most popular destination, registered an increase of around 5%, thanks mainly to the increase in British tourists. Following a decline in October, Valencia, the fifth destination, grew by 4.1%, with French and Nordic arrivals contributing most to this increase.

The Balearic Islands, the sixth preferred destination of the month, broke six consecutive months of increases to fall 2.6%, due to the decline registered by the German market, traditionally their main source market.

Diario Sur reported that tourist arrivals via air transport increased by 1.3% in November, while those arriving by road fell for the second consecutive month, by 2.4%.

Hotel accommodation in November registered almost the same number of tourists as last year, while non-hotel accommodation experienced an increase of 2.7%, with rental accommodation contributing most to the growth.

The number of tourists taking a package holiday fell by 6.3%, showing a decline in all regions except in Andalusia and Valencia, where they experienced a notable increase. By contrast, tourists who did not book a package holiday rose by nearly 4%, following the decline which occurred in October, and travelled mainly to Catalonia and Madrid.