According to the Frontur Survey of Tourist Border Movements published on Monday by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain received nearly 57.6 million foreign tourists in the first eleven months of the year, representing an increase of 5% over the same period of last year.
The Department, led by José Manuel Soria, highlighted the contribution of visitors from the Scandinavian countries to the net growth in this period, after reaching 4.5 million tourists to November, an increase of 17.4%.
The United Kingdom, Spain’s principal market, recorded a rise of 4.6% between January and November, while Germany, the second largest market, increased by 5.2% in the first eleven months of the year, and France registered an increase of 6.4%.
Meanwhile, traditional markets such as Italy and Portugal recorded declines of -9.2% and -8.5% respectively, compared to the significant increase registered in Russian tourism, whose number of visitors increased by 31.3% to November, reaching over 1.5 million arrivals.
Catalonia, with an increase of 7.4%, was the region to capture the largest percentage of foreign visitors, with 14.8 million arrivals, representing 25.8% of the total, followed by the Balearic Islands, with an increase of 7.2% and 19.2% of the total arrivals to November, of around 11 million.
The Canary Islands received 9.5 million tourists, representing 16.7% of the total, and a rise of 4%, and Andalusia received 7.5 million tourists accounting for 13.1% of the total, and an increase of 4.1% year-on-year.
Valencia recorded the greatest increase year-on-year, rising by 11.2% to 5.7 million tourists, accounting for 9.9% of the total arrivals, while Madrid fell by 6.9% to 3.9 million tourists, representing 6.8% of the total arrivals.
In November, Spain received 3.3 million foreign tourists, which is an increase of 9.3% over the same month last year. The UK market rose by 4.8% accounting for 20.1% of the international arrivals, and the Canary Islands was their main destination of choice, registering an increase of 10.6%.
The number of German tourists increased by 12.9% in November, to 540,232 arrivals, representing 16.4% of the total. The Canary Islands, Andalusia and Valencia were the main destinations, registering year-on-year growth, in contrast to the number of arrivals to the Balearic Islands, which registered a decline.
Tourists from the Scandinavian countries increased by 14% and accounted for 12.1% of the arrivals, while tourists from the Netherlands increased by 10.6%.
Among the other source markets the Italian registered a decline of 2.6%, and the Irish registered the largest decrease (-4.2%), while the Russian market recorded an increase of 55.7%.
The Canary Islands was the region to receive most tourists in November, with an increase of 17.9% and more than a million tourists, followed by Catalonia, which received 836,654 visitors, representing an increase of 14.6%.
The number of tourists visiting Valencia increased by 9%, to 299,779 arrivals, in contrast to visitors to the Balearic Islands, which fell by 8.7%.
Madrid, which registered the biggest decline, closed November with 340,703 visitors, representing a decrease of 10.6%.