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Friday, July 02, 2021

The arrival of international tourists falls by 80.5% in the Canary Islands in the year up to May and spending falls by 78.3%

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The arrival of international tourists sank 80.5% in the Canary Islands in the first five months of the year, compared to the same period of the previous year, to add a total of 532,252 visitors, according to data published this Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Only in May, the archipelago ranked as fourth autonomous community with a 11.8% market share and a total of 161,411 visitors.

In addition, and although the Canary Islands accumulated the highest tourist expenditure in the first five months of the year, it fell by 78.3% compared to the same period of the previous year to 750 million.

In May alone, total spending by tourists reached 224 million, with an average spend of 1,386 euros per person, at a rate of 140 euros per day on a 9.9-day trip.

Spain received 3.2 million international tourists in the first five months of the year, which is 69.7% less than in the same period of 2020, due to the crisis situation caused by Covid.

In the same period of 2020, more than 10.6 million tourists visited Spain.

In turn, the expenditure made by foreign tourists who visited Spain in the first five months decreased by 71.5% compared to the same period in 2020, reaching 3,349 million euros.

Only in the month of May Spain received 1.4 million international tourists. Germany is the main country of residence for these visitors, with 338,408, 24.8% of the total, followed by France (330,656 tourists) and the Netherlands (72,135).

The total expenditure made by international tourists who arrived in Spain in May amounted to 1,392 million euros, while the average expenditure per tourist stood at 1,021 euros. For its part, the average daily expenditure was 141 euros.

The average duration of international tourist trips in May was 7.3 days.

The INE does not offer the interannual variation rates for May 2021 over May 2020 because the state of alarm decreed in March last year meant the suppression of the flow of international visitors to Spain, so there were neither entry of travellers nor overnight stays during that month. As a consequence, the expenditure of international visitors to Spain for tourist reasons was zero in May 2020, so there are no interannual variations in terms of expenditure made in May of this year.


The main destination autonomous communities with the greatest weight in tourist spending in May were the Balearic Islands (with 28.3% of the total), the Canary Islands (16.1%) and Catalonia (15.2%).

In the first five months of 2021, the main destination autonomous communities with the highest accumulated spending were the Canary Islands (with 22.4% of the total), the Balearic Islands (18.3%) and Catalonia (14.9%).

The accumulated expenditure of tourists decreased by 78.3% in the Canary Islands compared to the same period of the previous year and by 78.2% in Catalonia. On the contrary, it increased by 57.2% in the Balearic Islands.

On the other hand, the main emitting countries in terms of the level of spending in May were Germany (with 25.7% of the total), France (15.5%) and the United Kingdom (4.2%).

In the first five months of 2021, Germany was the country with the highest accumulated spending (21.5% of the total). It was followed by France (15.0%) and the Nordic countries as a whole (4.9%).

The accumulated expenditure of tourists resident in Germany decreased by 49.9% compared to the same period of the previous year, that of tourists from France fell by 39.3% and that of those from Nordic countries fell by 85.8%.


54.1% of total spending in May was made by tourists who stayed overnight in hotel accommodations. For its part, spending on non-market accommodation accounted for 26.6% of total spending.

The expenditure of tourists who did not travel with a package tours represented 86.6% of the total. Regarding the reason for the trip, tourists who visited Spain for leisure generate 72.2% of total spending.

Spending on activities (sports, cultural) was the main item in May, with 20.9% of total spending. The following items were international transportation expenses (not included in the tourist package) and maintenance expenses, with 20.0% and 18.1% of the total, respectively.

The total number of overnight stays made by international tourists in all types of accommodation (hotels, apartments, own home, family or friends' home, rented home) was close to 9.9 million.

The Balearic Islands was the community with the highest number of overnight stays, with more than 2.7 million. They were followed by the Canary Islands, with 1.6 million, and Andalusia, with about 1.5 million. 

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