Spain loses more than 50,000 million in tourism revenues until September – CVBJ

12/25/2021 at 16:54 CET


Tourism income from travel by residents and foreigners entering Spain totaled in the first nine months of the year 45,137 million euros, less than half of that of the 99,470 million in this same period of 2019.

With the entry and expenditure data of international tourists proposed by the Frontur and Egatur surveys and the survey on tourism of residents of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), between January and September the expenditure related to these trips amounted to 45,137 million euros.

To make this comparison Spaniards’ expenses for their trips abroad have not been calculatedAlthough if you buy a tourist package, part of the income stays here.

While waiting for data from the last quarter and to verify the effects in the sector of the sixth wave of the coronavirus, with an explosion of infections of the omicron variant coinciding with the Christmas holidays, Spain will close the second worst year in its recent tourism history, mainly due to the sharp drop in international tourist arrivals.

However, the figures are improving significantly month by month compared to 2020 and in some cases – such as tourist travel by nationals or the profitability of the hotel sector – are already at levels similar to those of 2019, before the covid pandemic. .

Nearly 20 million foreigners against 67 million in 2019

Between January and September of this year, they entered Spain 19.69 million international tourists, which left 24,179 million euros; and the Spaniards made 102.15 million national trips, on which they spent 20,958 million euros.

These figures are better than those of 2020, where during this period 16.83 million international tourists entered who spent 17,711 million euros and the Spaniards made 79.66 million trips for which they spent 15 150 million euros. The total expenditure was about 32,870 million.

But they are very far from the figures for these months of 2019, with 99,476 million revenues, of which 73,511 million correspond to the expenses left by the 67 million international tourists who entered and the remaining 13,100, to the 16.2 million trips made by nationals within the country.

The impact of the coronavirus crisis has been felt around the world but in the Spanish case it has a more intense effect due to the weight of Tourism sector In the economy, which represented, according to the latest data published by the INE, 12.4% of GDP and 12.9% of employment in 2019, before the pandemic.

The 2020 Tourism Satellite Account, which measures these impacts on GDP and employment, has not yet been released, but will likely reflect the sharp drop in activity.

Ómicron complicates the end of the year

The outlook became more complicated at the end of the year because the sharp rise in covid infections due to the omicron variant has resulted in massive trip cancellations, that we could already see on the bridge of the Constitution at the beginning of the month, and which have now intensified with Christmas, according to sources in the sector, agencies and hoteliers.

The few indicators known for this period show a strong impact of the new variant: according to estimates by the International Council of Airports in Europe (ACI Europe), passenger air traffic on the continent fell by 20% between 22 November and the month of December. 12 after South Africa reported the appearance of omicron to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24.

A plane takes off from Barcelona-El Prat airport. | PE

Although ACI Europe has found a 9% increase in air traffic from December 13 to 19 Regarding the period from 6 to 12 of the month, it is argued that the ómicron will affect passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2022.

Thus, the year will end far from the 123.900 million euros that were registered throughout the year 2019 due to the expenditure of international tourists (91.912 million euros) to which are added those made by nationals during their trips across the country (32,000 million).

The number of foreign tourist arrivals, which in 2019 had signed a record 83.5 million, will also be well below. Until last October, 24.8 million travelers entered Spain’s borders, making it difficult to reach half of them at the time, as the government announced.

Around 170,000 million euros lost in 21 months

The sum of the losses of these almost two years of pandemic sends shivers down your spine: in the last 21 months they stopped generating around 170,000 million euros direct and indirect activities, including some 90,000 million in foreign currency, according to Exceltur figures.

This business alliance also calculates a drop in tourism GDP of 69% in 2020, to which must be added the resulting drop in 2021 (in 2019), and the destruction of around 350,000 jobs, in addition to another figure. similar number of workers who left via the Temporary Work Regulatory Files (ERTE).

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