Spain welcomed 13.7 million visitors in the first three months in 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Spain welcomed 13.7 million international tourists, which represents an increase of 6% compared to the first quarter of 2017 according to latest figures released from Tourist Movements in Border (FRONTUR).

International tourists by month 2018

In addition, its expenditure was €14.735 million euros, up 7.7% on same period in 2017 according to figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

International tourist spending 2018

Tourists staying in holiday rental accommodation accounted for nearly 1.4 million visitors, up 9.5% on the previous year.

In March, the month in which Holy Week was celebrated this year, Spain received 5.4 million tourists (up 9.6% on March 2017) who spent €5.727 million euros, which represents an increase of 12.1%.

The month of March also saw nearly 600,000 visitors staying in self-catering accommodation, up 27.5% on the previous year.

International tourists by accommodation type 2018

International Tourists

Among the main emitting markets in the first quarter, the United Kingdom stands out, with almost 2.9 million tourists arriving from the UK - an increase of 0.4% with respect to the same period of 2017. Germany is the second biggest emitting market with approximately 1.9 million tourists - an increase of 7.9%, and France is in third place, with almost 1.7 million tourists and a growth of 0.7%.

By Destination

The Canary Islands was the most popular autonomous community, with more than 3.7 million international visitors, which represents an increase of 1.7% over the same period last year. In second place, Catalonia received almost 3.1 million and a growth of 3.4%, and in third place, Andalusia welcomed more than 1.9 million and an increase of 4.4%.

By Spending

The Canary Islands is the destination with the highest tourist spending with €4.480 million, an increase of 3.6% compared to the first three months of 2017, followed by Catalonia with €3.098 million, up 10.4%, and Andalusia with €2.171 million and an increase of 9.8%.

The biggest spenders are the Brits, with an expenditure of €2.634 million, followed by Germany, with €1.935 million and the Nordic countries with €1.685 million.

Tourist Spending by Nationality 2018