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Tourism in Spain - Statistics & Facts

Spain is an established market in the global travel industry and ranks as one of the world’s leading travel destinations. In 2018, international tourism expenditure valued 68.9 billion euros and with figures predicted to rise, the future market outlook remains positive. Key international markets visiting Spain include the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Travel and tourism are important activities for the Spanish economy as they have a major impact on the country’s economic growth and employment. The tourism sector’s contribution to GDP in Spain reached 178 billion euros in 2018 and added a total of around 2.9 million jobs.

Main destinations

The country is split into 17 autonomous communities, of which Catalonia is the most visited by international tourists, followed by the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Tourists are drawn to the country’s Mediterranean coastal resorts and islands for holiday and vacation travel, as well as city break destinations such as Barcelona. The second most populous city in Spain and capital city of Catalonia is not only one of the most popular in Spain but also in Europe. Worldwide the city ranked 17th in the list of most visited cities based on international arrivals in 2018 and 8th among European city destinations. That year the total number of tourists to Barcelona, including domestic visitors, reached over 9 million.

Spanish travelers

National tourism in Spain is not to be overlooked. The number of Spanish travelers participating in travel is high, with considerably more domestic trips taken than outbound trips. One of the main tourist destinations for residents in Spain is Andalusia, while popular outbound destinations include France, Portugal and Italy.

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Tourism in Spain - Statistics & Facts

Spain is an established market in the global travel industry and ranks as one of the world’s leading travel destinations. In 2018, international tourism expenditure valued 68.9 billion euros and with figures predicted to rise, the future market outlook remains positive. Key international markets visiting Spain include the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Travel and tourism are important activities for the Spanish economy as they have a major impact on the country’s economic growth and employment. The tourism sector’s contribution to GDP in Spain reached 178 billion euros in 2018 and added a total of around 2.9 million jobs.

Main destinations

The country is split into 17 autonomous communities, of which Catalonia is the most visited by international tourists, followed by the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Tourists are drawn to the country’s Mediterranean coastal resorts and islands for holiday and vacation travel, as well as city break destinations such as Barcelona. The second most populous city in Spain and capital city of Catalonia is not only one of the most popular in Spain but also in Europe. Worldwide the city ranked 17th in the list of most visited cities based on international arrivals in 2018 and 8th among European city destinations. That year the total number of tourists to Barcelona, including domestic visitors, reached over 9 million.

Spanish travelers

National tourism in Spain is not to be overlooked. The number of Spanish travelers participating in travel is high, with considerably more domestic trips taken than outbound trips. One of the main tourist destinations for residents in Spain is Andalusia, while popular outbound destinations include France, Portugal and Italy.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Travel and tourism in Spain".

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