By Cathy Elelman • 07 May 2020 • 12:53
HUGE FALL: Foreign visitor numbers for the islands were down 70 per cent in March.
CREDIT: es.wikipedia.org Rene Westerholt
THE Balearic Islands have suffered the biggest collapse in international tourism due to the coronavirus crisis of any region in Spain.
Figures from the National Institute of Statistics released this week reveal the islands received 68.3 per cent less foreign visitors in March than in the same month last year after borders were closed.
The amount spent by tourists plummeted by a similar amount, with a drop of just under 70 per cent to around €107 million.
The statistics for the archipelago compare with average figures for the whole country of a 63.4 per cent decline in visitor numbers and a 63.3 per cent drop in tourist spending.
Just over 116,000 foreign tourists visited the Balearics in March. The accumulated total for international tourism in the region in the first quarter of the year stands at 405,470, 41.4 per cent down on the same three months of 2019.
Nearly 60 per cent of foreign visitors were from Germany and 11.5 per cent from the UK.
Total foreign visitor spending on the islands for the quarter was €389 million, 41 per cent less than last year.
Overnight hotel stays for the first three months of the year were down by 70 per cent.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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