Spain Received Record 21.4 Million International Tourists to May

According to the latest Frontur Tourist Border Movement Survey, released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism on Monday, Spain received a new record of more than 21.4 million international tourists between January and May, representing an increase of 8.2% over the same period of 2013.

Among the major emitting countries, highlighted were the 6.9% increase in tourist arrivals from the UK, and the increases of 8.1% for Germany and 11.1% for France. Belgium was the source market to register the largest year-on-year increase, of 24.2%.

The regions to experience the greatest increases in the first five months of the year were the Canary Islands, with an increase of 13.1%, and Andalusia, with growth of 10.1%.

Frontur also registered the best statistics for May, thanks to the arrival of 6,094,397 international tourists. This number exceeds the same month in 2013 by 5.7%, which up until now held the record for the largest volume of arrivals.

In the month, the first source market was the UK, with 1,682,989 tourists, and an increase of 7.5%, followed by Germany with 1,009,921 tourists, up 1.1%, and France, with 901,752 tourists and the biggest increase among the major emitters, of 11.5%.

Tourists from the UK accounted for 27.6% of the total arrivals in the month. The Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Andalucía were the regions to benefit the most from the increase in British tourists. Between January and May, 4,791,736 British tourists visited the country, equivalent to 22.4% of the total, and an increase of 6.9%.

A total of 1,009,921 German tourists visited Spain in May, accounting for 16.6% of the total, and a rise of 1.1%. All regions except the Balearic Islands registered increased arrivals of German tourists. In the first five months of the year, 3,524,768 German tourists visited Spain, representing 16.4% of the total, and an increase of 8.1%.

France experienced the largest increase of the month among the main source markets, of 11.5%, with 901,752 tourists and 14.8% of the total arrivals for May. All regions registered increases in French tourists, but particularly the Canary Islands, which received 24,000 more tourists. During the period under review, 3,425,690 French tourists visited the country, representing 16% of the total, and an increase of 11.1%.

The Scandinavian countries’ strong increases of previous months diminished, with 358,580 tourists visiting Spain in May, representing 5.9% of the total. Scandinavian tourist arrivals fell by 0.2%, which was felt especially in the Canary Islands, where the arrivals fell by 15.2%. Between January and May, Scandinavian tourist arrivals rose by 8.6% to 903,734 tourists, representing 9.3% of the total.

In May, Italy again registered a strong increase in tourists visiting Spain, of 20.6%, to a total of 292,450 tourists, accounting for 4.8% of the total. Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia were the main destinations for the Italian tourists. Between January and May, Italian tourist arrivals rose by 14.8% to 1,170,827 tourists, which corresponds to 5.5% of the total.

Among the source markets with less weight in the total number of arrivals, Belgium had a significant increase in May, of 14.5%, with 182,204 tourists, equivalent to 3% of the total.