MADRID (Reuters) – Overseas tourism to Spain rose quickly in August as looser journey restrictions tempted again summer time sunseekers although customer numbers remained at round half their pre-pandemic ranges, official statistics confirmed on Monday.
The variety of international vacationers visiting in August greater than doubled from a 12 months in the past to five.19 million however was nonetheless barely above half the extent seen in 2019, the Nationwide Statistics Institute mentioned on Monday.
Over the primary eight months of the 12 months, the variety of international guests was 15 million, or about 26% of the quantity in 2019, sharply undershooting the federal government goal’s for half 2019’s ranges.
Nonetheless, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto reacted positively to the Monday figures.
“The info strengthen the worldwide tourism restoration and ensure Spain is perceived as a protected vacation spot, she mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Political Cartoons on World Leaders
Overseas vacationers spent a complete of 5.9 billion euros ($6.85 billion), up from round 2.46 billion euros in August 2020 however properly beneath the 11.7 billion euros spent in August 2019.
Tourism, which represented about 12% of gross home product (GDP) in 2019, all however collapsed in 2020, when the variety of international vacationers fell by greater than 80% to 19 million, a degree not seen since 1969.
(This story corrects to learn “at round half” (not beneath half) their pre-pandemic ranges, paragraph 1)
(Reporting by Inti Landauro; enhancing by Nathan Allen and Jason Neely)
Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.