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Travel and tourism's total contribution to GDP in Spain 2012-2019

Travel and tourism have become one of the leading engines of growth for the Spanish economy, featuring an ongoing increase in the GDP contribution over the last years and reaching approximately 178 billion euros in 2019. Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with its number of international visitors amounting to nearly 83 million in 2018.

A popular holiday destination for Europeans

The Mediterranean country is also one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2019 – the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions of the largest number of international visitors to Spain. Visitors also came from the Mediterranean countries: Spain welcomed, for example, more than 4.5 million Italians and 2.4 million Portuguese.

The United Kingdom: a key tourism source market

The number of tourists from the United Kingdom grew by around six million between 2010 and 2019. Despite the fact that the average British visitor has been cutting down the length of their stay during recent years, the daily expenditure experienced a sharp increase and reached an average of 135 euros per person in 2019.

Total contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in Spain from 2012 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2012 to 2019

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