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The Canary Islands welcomed a total of 7.9 million international tourists in the first seven months of the year, which is 16.3% more than in the same period of the previous year, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Until July, the Canary Islands archipelago was the third most visited autonomous community in Spain, only behind Catalonia (with more than 10.2 million and an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2022) and the Balearic Islands, with more than 8.1 million and an increase of 9%.
In the month of July alone, just over a million international tourists visited the Canary Islands, 4% more than in the previous year, and 10.6% of the national total, with the United Kingdom as the main issuing market with 41.9% of arrivals, followed by Germany (14.5%).
In terms of tourist spending, the Canary Islands is the second autonomous community, only behind Catalonia, where it grew by 30.6% to 11,555 million in the first seven months of the year.
The average expenditure per tourist reached 1,445 euros, 0.93% more, at a rate of 168 euros per day (+6.32%), with an average duration of the trip of 8.6 days, 5.1% less.
In the country as a whole, Spain received 47.6 million international tourists in the first seven months of the year, which represents an increase of 20.9% compared to the same period of the previous year, and with an expenditure estimated at 59,964 million euros, 25.3% higher than the previous year.
The statistics of tourist movements at borders (Frontur) released this Friday shows how more than 47.6 million tourists visited Spain until last July. A figure that, however, is still 0.8% below that registered in the same period of 2019.
The countries that sent the most tourists to Spain in the first months of the year were the United Kingdom (with close to 9.8 million tourists and an annual increase of 16.9%), France (more than 6.4 million and an increase of 20%) and Germany (with more than 6 million, 9.6% more).
Other countries that registered a big increase in terms of the number of tourists who visited Spain were the United States (with a 28.9% increase), Portugal (18.5% increase) and Italy (17.8% increase).
The United Kingdom continues to be our main source market with more than 2 million tourists, representing 20% of all travelers and an increase of 7% compared to July 2022. France and Germany are the next two countries in terms of number of tourists that visited Spain. 1.6 million French tourists visited Spain (11.0% more in annual rate) and over 1.1 million German tourists (4.8% more).
By region, the Balearic Islands were the first main destination for tourists in July, with 24.1% of the total. They are followed by Catalonia (22.9%) and Andalusia (13.3%).
The more than 47 million tourists who visited Spain until last July spent in our country close to 60,000 million euros (59,864 million euros), which represents an increase of 25.3% compared to the same period from the previous year.