In 2018, Sports Tourism in Spain generated 2.44 Billion Euros

Published on : Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sports associated with tourism have established its position as one of the main financial drivers in Spain, contributing 2.44 billion euros last year, 10% up on 2017. The statistics have been compiled from the Annual of Sports-Related Statistics published this week by the Ministry of Culture and Sport.


As per the figures in the Annual, on sport-related trips, tourists resident in Spain spent 1.03 billion euros, in comparison with 957 million in 2017. Sports tourists from foreign countries spent 1.41 billion euros, in comparison to 1.26 billion the previous year. This confirms the growing trend of recent years.


Regarding the number of movements, 4.1% of all trips made for leisure, recreational or holiday purposes by residents in Spain were primarily inspired by sport. Arrivals of international visitors amounted to 1.5 million, 2% of all sports trips made.


Also, the number of sports licences increased, by 2.8% on 2018. As a result, the total number of licensed sportsmen and sportswomen currently stands at 3.9 million.


Associations representing 15 sports account for 79.5% of all the sports licences: football, basketball, hunting, golf, mountaineering and climbing, judo, handball, athletics, volleyball, tennis, cycling, karate, padel, swimming and skating. More than half of these licences (53.6%) are held in four autonomous regions (Andalusia, Catalonia, the Region of Valencia and the Region of Madrid).


The Annual shows that the sports club numbers have increased in 2018 to 67,512, a growth of 0.7% on the previous year. The number of elite sportspeople also increased, by 6.5% to 4,962. Of these, 3,114 were men (62.8%) and 1,848 were women (37.2%).


In 2018, Spanish sportsmen and sportswomen won 821 medals at international competitions, in comparison to 804 in 2017; and 473 Spanish records were broken.


Athletics accounts for 22.2% of this total; sport for the intellectually disabled, 19.2%; sport for the visually impaired, 16.7%; and swimming, 14.6%.


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