By Tony Winterburn • 02 December 2020 • 19:41
Catalonia Reports a Drop of 86% in International Tourism for October Compared to Last Year.
October has seen the number of international arrivals into Spain’s Catalonia have plummeted in comparison to the same month last year (86.2%), whilst the income from the industry fell by 92.8% 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%.
Usually, the top spenders in the area are France, Germany and the United Kingdom, all countries which are facing extreme travel restrictions, including a 14-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 smaller 80% drop in global travellers.
The tourism industry made up 12.9% of Catalonia’s GDP only last year, but now it represents only 3.1% 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% of all visitors.
Another changing factor is the average duration of stays, which have lengthened by 9.9%, an average of 5.6 days per person. Overnight stays, however, have dropped by 84.9%, reaching only 1.17 million during October. Figures for November are expected to show similar results.
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