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Tourist Spending Increased in August

Tourists spend 10% more than last August
Tourist spending 10% more than last August

Tourists spent 10% more than last August

Total tourist spending in Spain by international visitors in August reached a staggering 11,342 million euros. This represents an increase of 10.3% when compared to the same month last year.

The average spend per tourist also increased with visitors spending 1,088 euros each during their trip, up 6.1% from last year. The average daily spend per visitor also increased to 126 euros, up 7.6%.

However, the average duration of stay dropped by 0.1 days to 8.6 days, when compared to August 2016, according to figures released by the INE.

From the start of the year to the end of August international tourists have spent a massive 60,461 million euros! This is an increase in total tourist expenditure of 14.2% when compared to the same period last year.

Issuing Countries

The main issuing country in terms of tourist spending weight was, of course, the UK which accounted for 21.3% of the total. German tourists accounted for 13.2% of the total, while French visitors contributed 12.7% of the total. For the British, this was an increase of 6.3% compared to last year, despite Brexit worries. German spending increased by 3.1%, and French spending increased 4.1%.

In the first eight months of this year, the UK is the country with the highest accumulated expenditure making up 20.4% of the total, followed by Germany (13.9%) and France (8.6%).

Primary Destination (autonomous communities)

The Balearic Islands took the lion’s share of tourist spending in August with 24.5% of the total. Catalonia took 23.3% while Andalucía received 13.7% of the total spend. For the Balearic Islands this represents an increase of 10.9%, when compared to August 2016. The variation in Catalonia was 9.9%, while in Andalucía spending increased by 8.6%.

In the first eight months of 2017, the autonomous communities with the highest accumulated expenditure are Catalonia (with 22.5% of the total), the Canary Islands (18.1%) and the Balearic Islands (18.0%).