The 6 keys that make Spain a leader in tourism for another year

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The year 2017 is presented as a record year for tourism in Spain. After an extraordinary first semester, where we have received close to 50 million visitors, we reflect on the main key factors of tourism in Spain and its current state.

What is special about Spain for tourism?

It is the engine of the country and there are compelling reasons to consider it that way and to continue promoting it. An endowment of leisure resources and suitable products, excellence in the conservation of our heritage, accessibility, the Mediterranean climate, cuisine and above all, the lifestyle and welcoming visitors are essential for thousands of tourists to decide. , every year, spend your holidays in Spain.

1-The increasingly profitable hotel sector

Hotels remain the preferred option for most tourists, although apartment rentals are gaining ground.

Overnight stays in hotels have increased by 3.8% compared to the first half of 2016 and billing has grown by 6.1%, with an average of € 98.5 per day / person according to the INE.

We find ourselves in a sector with more tourists and higher prices, that is to say, a very profitable sector.

2-The vacation rental gaining ground

It is becoming more and more common to travel without an organized pack and go on your own looking for the cheapest option. The proliferation of the use of online platforms that allow vacation rentals, even without licenses, together with the exponential increase in license concessions as tourist accommodation, means a greater offer available.

This 2017 the rental of apartments for tourists has grown by 23.2% compared to 2016 according to the INE. Data that are affecting the hotel sector and, above all, concern about false offers or scams that some tourists have encountered.

Prices have also risen in this sector by 11% more assuming an average price of € 28.8 per day / person. The exceptional case is Ibiza, where the madness of prices in tourist accommodation has no limits; € 700 / day for an apartment or € 450 for a bed a night are frequent figures in the advertisements that we find this summer. We are facing an uncontrolled inflation that affects the residents of Ibiza that it is increasingly difficult for them to maintain their standard of living on the island. It is one of the most listened to controversies this summer.

3-Preferred destination of international tourists

We have experienced an 11% growth in foreign tourists compared to the same period in 2016. The United Kingdom and Germany lead the ranking, concentrating 47% of the international tourist mass, which represents 8.1 million visitors. Followed by the Nordic countries and North America according to the latest Exceltur report.

Although international tourists have reduced their average stay, their average daily spending has increased, which consolidates it as one of the most profitable customer segments.

4-Good air connections

Spain is the 4th largest airspace in Europe by volume with more than 2 million annual flights. Between January and August 2017, Spain has increased air traffic by 7% according to AENA, which is a clear advantage over the 4.1% that Europe has grown in general.

Having infrastructures and air connection facilities, allow to enhance one of the key factors of tourism and preferred means of transport.

In any case, air traffic is concentrated in the main airports: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Mallorca, the Canary Islands and Seville, which coincide with the main tourist destinations in the country.

5-The coast and the top cities as a destination


Madrid, Barcelona, ​​the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Seville or the Costa del Sol concentrate most of the tourism, both national and international. Rural tourism begins to gain popularity, growing by 13.2% or camping with a growth of 9.9% in the last year. However, the coast continues to be the favorite option.

The latest Exceltur report shows us the top most preferred cities for tourism.

Among the 12 most visited destinations in Europe are 5 Spanish regions: Catalonia, Valencia, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Andalusia at the top of the list.

6-Food and shopping

Traditional Mediterranean cuisine is one of the best valued in the world and that is noticed by restaurants during the summer season. One of the most valued points of foreign tourists is good Spanish food.

Spain is not a shopping destination, but we are recovering positions against European capitals such as London, Munich and Paris. Prices have increased by 2% compared to 2016, which presents an average ticket of € 500 per visitor in shops. This also does not please local residents who complain about the increase in prices in bars, restaurants and shops in front of the entrance of tourists.

The commitment to tourism in Spain is essential for economic recovery and growth. Becoming a "smart destination" combining all the attraction factors together with new technologies to make the most of our potential is one of the priorities in the strategy of the most tourist regions of the country.

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