The impressive performance of the tourism sector in Spain also meant a dramatic collapse when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic arrived. At the onset of the global crisis, international inbound tourism in the Spanish territory came to a halt for two months, and it remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels throughout 2020. For instance, in August of that year —which is usually the most active month for tourism in the country— Spain lost nearly 10.8 million international visitors versus August of 2018 and 2019. On a similar note, the consumption of tourism by Spanish residents went down strikingly in 2020, counting 77 million domestic trips and 15 million outbound trips less than those registered in the previous year.
Who visits Spain the most?
The international recognition of Spain as an attractive tourist destination has drawn visitors from all around the world. However, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany have topped the list of leading source markets for tourism in Spain for several years. And despite the COVID-19 crisis, these countries remained at the head of the list in 2020. These three European nations accounted for roughly 9.5 million foreign tourists that year, or approximately one-quarter of the total international tourism volume in the Iberian country in those twelve months. From outside Europe, the United States and Brazil were the most popular countries of origin among foreign visitors in Spain in 2020.
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