Tourist arrivals in Spain increased eightfold in March, approaching pre-COVID levels

Tourist arrivals in Spain increased eightfold in March, approaching pre-COVID levels

The number of tourists flocking to Spain in March was still 1.6 million short of the number who arrived in March 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount spent back then was 6.03 billion euros. International travel restrictions related to COVID-19 brought Spain’s economically vital tourism sector to its knees in 2020. Tourism accounted for 12% of Spain’s economy before the pandemic. The industry began a gradual recovery in 2021, pausing briefly when the rapid spread of the Omicron variant led to a temporary new round of travel restrictions.

After most pandemic-related restrictions were lifted in March, Spain attracted 4 million tourists, more than eight times the number in the same month last year, according to figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Thursday. The report indicated that foreign tourists spent 5.07 billion euros ($5.37 billion) while on vacation in the country in March, up from 544 million euros a year earlier. On her Twitter account, Tourist Minister Reyes Maroto said, “Spain concludes this first quarter with strong data on arrivals and tourist spending, a trend that we hope will intensify in the summer time.” “Excellent employment data, along with a recovery in air capacity, give us reason to be positive,” she continued.

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