Spain received a high tourist rate in June 2014

touristsAccording to the latest Frontur Inbound Tourism Survey results, released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain posted a new record for the first half of this year with a total of 28 million inbound tourists, representing an increase of 7.3% over the same period of 2013.

Between January and June, the United Kingdom was once again the top source market, with 6,535,251 tourists (up 5.8%), followed by Germany with 4,658,700 tourists (up 8.8%) and France with 4,239,804 tourists (up 10.3%). During this period, the region of Catalonia was the top destination, receiving 7.1 million international tourists.

A total of 6.6 million foreign tourists visited Spain in June, which is an increase of 4.5% year-on-year and also a new June record since the Frontur surveys began.

The United Kingdom was the top emitting market in the month with 1,743,513 tourists (up 3% on 2013), followed by Germany with 1,133,931 tourists, and France with 814,113 tourists (up 7%).

Tourists from the United Kingdom accounted for 26.5% of the total international tourists visiting Spain in June, maintaining the UK’s leading position. German tourists accounting for 17.2% of the total inbound tourists in the month, and registered the highest increase (10.8%) among the top emitting markets. Tourists from France accounted for 12.4% of the total, and registered an increase of 7% in June, year-on-year.

The number of tourists from the Scandinavian markets recorded a slight decrease of 1.3% over June 2013, to a total of 429,629 visitors, and accounted for 6.5% of the total.

Italy posted the highest growth in June, of 11%, consolidating the previous signs of recovery in that market. The 352,250 Italian tourists accounted for 5.4% of the total.

The Belgian market maintained its significant growth in June, with 10.2% and 187,039 inbound tourists, and accounted for 2.8% of the total. In the first half of the year, this market posted the highest year-on-year growth, standing at 21%.

Main destinations

The top destination in June was the Balearic Islands, with 1,740,945 international tourists, 2.1% growth and 26.4% of the total. In the six months to the end of June, the Balearic Islands received 4,220,001 foreign tourists, representing a decrease of 0.6% from the previous year. This equates to 15.1% of the total.

Catalonia received 1,677,679 inbound tourists in June, an increase of 2.4%. In the first half of the year, Catalonia accounted for 25.4% of the total and the highest absolute figure with 7,128,521 inbound tourists – an increase of 6.7%.

Andalusia posted growth of 5.5% and accounted for 13% of the total with 856,167 inbound tourists in June, and in the six months to June, this region posted growth of 9%, with 3,738,136 inbound tourists and 13.3% of the total.

The Canary Islands received 769,586 international tourists, representing 11.7% of the monthly total, and an increase of 8.1%. Between January and June, 5,624,062 inbound tourists chose the Canary Islands as their preferred destination, representing an increase of 12.4% – the highest in the period – and accounting for 20.1% of the total.

Valencia received 626,035 foreign visitors in June, representing an increase of 0.9% and accounting for 9.5% of the monthly total. The region was visited by 2,653,022 international tourists in the first half of the year, which is an increase of 5.6%, representing 9.5% of the total.

Madrid was visited by 417,110 international tourists, an increase of 14.5% and representing 6.3% of the June total, and in the six month period, 2,300,727 tourists visited the region, which is an increase of 8%.

5,507,869 of the tourists who visited the country in June chose to travel by air – which is 83.7% of the total – compared with 14.9%, or 979,814 tourists, who chose to travel by road. Growth in air traffic stood at 3.4%, while the growth in road traffic stood at 10.8%. Air travel was also the most popular form of travel in the first half of the year, with 23,168,540 inbound tourists arriving by air – an increase of 7.3%

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