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Tourist numbers in Barcelona's hotels 1990-2019

Around 9.5 million tourists stayed in hotels in the city of Barcelona (Spain) in 2019, up from 9.12 in 2018 and five times as many as in 1990. Since the celebration of the Olympic Games in 1992, the city has become a major destination for tourists from all around the world. The annual number of international tourists visiting Catalonia also increased over the period, reaching over 19 million since 2017.

International destination

Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia and the second most populous city in Spain. In 2018 the city ranked 17th in the list of the most visited cities by international tourists in the world and 8th among European urban destinations. Also that year, international visitor spending in Barcelona reached 7.86 million U.S. dollars, making it rank among the first 20 cities worldwide.

Tourism in Spain

Travel and tourism play an important role in the Spanish economy, with the industry having a major impact on economic growth and employment. In 2018 tourism sector’s contribution to GDP in Spain reached 178 billion euros and tourism-related jobs amounted to 2.84 million. Key international markets visiting Spain include the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Number of tourists staying in hotels in Barcelona from 1990 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

1990 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Barcelona city only, excludes the surrounding region.
Figures have been rounded.

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