Catalonia records 86% drop in int’l tourism for October

Published on : Friday, December 4, 2020

The month of October has seen the number of international arrivals into Spain’s Catalonia region plummet in comparison to the same month last year (86.2%), whilst the income from the industry fell by 92.8 per cent to 135 million euros. This is according to the Statistics of Touristic Movements (Frontur) and the Tourist Expenditure Survey (Egatur), published by Spain’s Institute of Statistics (INE, in Spanish) on Wednesday, December 2. They also reported that French tourists make up the bulk of these visitors, representing 59.6 per cent.


Usually, the top spenders in the area areFrance, Germany and the United Kingdom,all countries which are facing extreme travel restrictions, including a14-day quarantine when returning from Spain in the latter.


An extra problem now is that Spain requires a negative PCR test from many countries 72 hours prior to arrival in order to enter the country.Although still a significant decline, July and August experienced a slightly smaller80 per cent dropin global travellers.


The tourism industry made up 12.9 per cent of Catalonia’s GDP only last year, but now it represents only 3.1 per cent according to the Official Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. Despite this, the region of Catalonia still remains the main tourist destination in Spain, drawing in 22.6 per cent of all visitors.


Another changing factor is the average duration of stays, which have extended by 9.9 per cent, an average of 5.6 days per person. Overnight stays, however, have dropped by 84.9 per cent, reaching only 1.17 million during October. Figures for November are expected to show similar results.


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