Spending by Spanish travelers grows by 4.6% (Pic: Guillermo Stecanella on unsplash)
SPANIARDS ARE SPENDING MORE ON TOURISM. GOOD NEWS, SAY STATE SECRETARY OF TOURISM
Source: FAMILITUR, National Statistics Institute
Spanish residents made 65.6 million trips in the third quarter of the year, 2.6% more than in the same period of 2017, and their total spending amounted to 19.06 billion euros (up 4.6%), according to data from the Residents Tourism Survey (Spanish acronym: FAMILITUR) drawn up by the National Statistics Institute.
The State Secretary for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, considers these figures to be very positive and welcomes the fact that “trips by residents in Spain are following the same upward trend in spending as those of inbound tourists, since this is a sure sign of the economic recovery of our country and of the resilience of the tourism sector”.
The main destination of 89.2% of all trips was local (up 1.5%), while the remaining 10.8% chose to travel overseas (up 12.2%).
60% of all trips were for leisure (up 2.2%).
31.1% of trips were to visit family or friends (up 2.6%).
5.3% were business trips (up 4.9%).
Spending on trips within Spain rose by 9.3%, with average daily spending of 40 euros.
Spending on trips aboard rose by 9.3%, with average daily spending of 90 euros.
In the period spanning the first nine months of the year, residents made 2.3% more trips than in the same period of 2017, 1.4% more within Spain, and 11.6% more aboard.
Total spending rose by 6.8%, with a 4.1% rise in trips within Spain, and a 12.6% rise in trips overseas.