Thursday, May 07, 2020

International tourists drop 65.7% in the Canary Islands in March and spending drops 64.9%, to 611 million euros

Playa La Vistas in other times with tourists

The arrival of international tourists plummeted in the Canary Islands in March due to the 'zero tourism' caused by the coronavirus and fell 65.7% compared to March 2019, reaching just under 460,000, according to data released this Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

This figure represents 22.8% of international tourists who came to Spain in March, while in the first quarter the Canary Islands received a total of 2.7 million visitors, 25.7% less than in the same period last year.

The United Kingdom remained, in March, as the top source of visitors to the archipelago with 31.7% followed by Germany (22.8%).

Regarding the expenditure of foreign tourists, it also collapsed 64.9% to 611 million, with an average expenditure of 1,329 euros - 2.2% more -, at a rate of 148 euros a day (+3, 6%), with an average trip duration of nine days (-1.4%).

In the first three months of the year, the Canary Islands led the accumulated tourist expenditure with a total of 3,452 million, almost 30% of the national total but 25.8% less than in the same period of the previous year.


Spain received only two million international tourists in March, when the state of alarm due to the health crisis was underway, a figure that is 64.3% less compared to the same month of 2019.

This lower influx of tourists was reflected in spending: foreign tourists who visited Spain in March spent 2,215 million euros, 63.3% less than in the same month of 2019, according to the tourist spending survey also published this Tuesday by the statistical agency.

The data from both surveys are affected by the health crisis and the state of alarm decreed in Spain in mid-March. Thus, the INE explains that only visitor arrivals to Spain by road and rail have been counted until March 16 and by ports and airports until March 21.

Likewise, it specifies that the moment in which the information collection of the visitors is carried out (trip made, stay, reason, expense made) is the moment in which they leave the country by any of the aforementioned routes, therefore that the only interviews that have been carried out during the month of March have been prior to the entry into force of the state of alarm. Thus, complete information is available on the trips made by all visitors who left Spain before March 14.

Secondly, the INE explains, although the methodological process of the survey has allowed results to be obtained, the fact that field work could only be extended until March 14 has determined that it had had to deal with a certain lack of sample in some strata, which has been supplemented by the usual mechanisms included in the methodology of this statistical operation.

Thus, the INE concludes that the data provided by the Frontur and Egatur statistics are of "sufficient quality" to be disseminated.

Each tourist who visited Spain in the third month of 2020 spent an average of 1,097 euros, 2.7% more than in the same month last year, and stayed in the country for an average of 7.2 days, slightly above the 2019 registration.


The main source markets for tourists arriving in Spain in March were the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Specifically, the United Kingdom, with 397,117 tourists, 64.2% less than in March 2019, remained as the main issuer of visitors, followed by France, with 288,903 tourists (-57.3%) and Germany, with 277,862 tourists , 65.7% less.

On the expenditure side, during this month the United Kingdom was the country with the highest accumulated visitors, 17.1% of the total, followed by Germany (13.3%) and the Nordic countries as a whole (10%).

The Canary Islands was the first main tourist destination in March, with 459,947 visitors (22.8% of the total), followed by Catalonia, with 406,683 (20.1%) and Andalusia, with 302,928 (15%), the three communities registering falls greater than 64% due to the impact of the coronavirus.

The Canary archipelago was also ranked as the destination with the highest tourist spending in March, with an average of 1,329 euros, accumulating 27.6% of the total, also followed by Catalonia and Andalusia.


In the first three months of 2020, the number of tourists who have visited Spain has decreased by 25.6%, reaching 10.6 million, while the total expenditure of international tourists has decreased by 23.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 11,707 million euros.

The main emitting countries so far this year have been the United Kingdom (with just over two million tourists and a decrease of 27.8% compared to the first three months of 2019), France (with more than 1.3 million and a decrease of 20.1%) and Germany (with 1.3 million tourists, 29.9% less).

The communities that have received the most tourists are the Canary Islands (with more than 2.7 million and a decrease of 25.7% compared to the same period in 2019), Catalonia (with 2.2 million and a drop of 30, 4%) and Andalusia (with 1.5 million, 25.0% less).


Hotel accommodations were chosen by 1.1 million tourists, 67.6% less in March, while rental housing fell 56.5% to 263,929 travelers. Hotels concentrated 60.8% of total spending in March, with an annual decrease of 63.6%.

Non-market accommodation (home ownership, home of family and friends and others) experienced a drop of 58.4%, while spending fell 62.4%.

Leisure, recreation and holidays were the main reason for the trip to Spain for almost 1.7 million tourists in March, representing an annual decrease of 64.4%. 136,668 (71.9% less) arrived for business or professional reasons and 211,688 visitors (55.6% less) for other reasons.

Los turistas internacionales bajan un 65,7% en Canarias en marzo y el gasto se hunde un 64,9%, hasta 611 millones