According to data released on Friday from the Familitur Tourist Movement survey prepared by the Institute of Tourism Studies for the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spanish tourists travelled 10.2% less in the first five months of the year, with 55.7 million trips taken up to last month.
During the month of May, Diario Sur reported that Spanish residents made 13 million trips, representing a fall of 3.3% over the previous year, with a slight decline in domestic travel, accounting for 95% of the trips, and a sharp decline in outbound travel.
The definitive data for February 2013, published in the survey, revealed that the Spanish made 7.9 million trips in the month, representing a drop of 19.6% compared with the second month of 2012. 93% of the trips were made inside the country, with a fall of 19.3%, while trips abroad suffered a contraction of 22.8% and accumulated ten months of negative results.
Four out of ten trips were for leisure, and three out of ten to visit family and friends. Work and business travel experienced the largest decline (-25.5%), followed by trips for leisure (-24.7%).
Nearly five out of ten trips in February were destined for Andalusia, Catalonia, Castilla y León and Valencia, while the remaining regions recorded declines, except for the Canary Islands, which experienced an increase of 20.7%.