Omicron stops the recovery of international tourism: Reservations fall 37%

The uprising of restrictions on trips at the end of summer has made Spain a summer too late upon fall, at least as regards international tourism. If the estiv

Omicron stops the recovery of international tourism: Reservations fall 37%

The uprising of restrictions on trips at the end of summer has made Spain a summer too late upon fall, at least as regards international tourism. If the estival months saved the domestic demand, the Spaniards, in October and November the international tourists have been.

October marked the best month of all the pandemic, with more than five million foreign arrivals, while in November the figure reaches 3.3 million, according to the figures published today by Frontur, the Border Movement Survey of the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

As for the expenditure, the EGATUR survey published today shows that in November 3,748 million euros were left. In the same month of 2019, more than 5,000 were more than 5,000, which means that more than 80% of expenditure was recovered in the aforementioned month. So far this year, 31,272 million euros have been entered, which is a third of the 91,000 million in 2019.

So far this year is more than 28 million international tourists who have gone through our country, which means having already recovered (in the absence of knowing the arrivals of December) one of every three foreign tourists who visited us before the pandemic.

We must bear in mind that in October nor in November ÓMICRON was not so present and we must see the impact of the new restrictions in the different countries and the increase in contagions in the December data.

"The uncertainty associated with the new wave could delay the recovery of the prepandemic levels in international tourism, which will depend on its duration as we have seen in previous waves," said Kings Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Although it is not either from far to the previous figures to the Covid, in October and November, more foreigners have come to our country than in all 2020. Not counting from January to March, when the pandemic had not exploded, Spain received just over eight Millions and average international tourists, who have come between the months of October and November of this 2021.

For cehat, the hotel employer, the data "are far from the data of 2019", then "should not be deceived and compared with 2020. The November 3.3 million tourists confront with the more than 4.7 that They arrived in 2019, "says its President Jorge Marichal, which stands out as good news that increases the average stay and average income per international tourist.

According to Reyes Maroto, a total of international tourists arrived in the fourth quarter of 2021 between 10.2 and 10.6 million, "which represents between 62% and 64% of those received in the same period of 2019 ". In 2019, more than 83 million international tourists arrived in our country.

Part of that momentum in October and November recovery is due to the return of the British, our main issuing market. In November, the United Kingdom again led the podium of arrivals, with 597,458 tourists, (17.8% of the total), followed by France, with 496,579 tourists and Germany, with 479,403 tourists.

The main destination of foreign visitors was Canaries, which received a million foreign visitors, three out of ten of those who visited us.

"This is not over, but there is less, the demand exists t when the conditions of mobility are given more clearly we will have good numbers in the coming months," Marichal says.

From Hosbec, which brings together the hoteliers of the Valencian Community, one of the epicentros of national tourism, indicate that the balance sheet is that "tourist recovery has not been consolidated during 2021" and that "the data still reflect a behavior of the Demand very marked by health evolution both in Spain and in our main international markets. "

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 03:47

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