Spain already outstrips France in terms of tourist revenues and overnight stays, as the French country obtained 42,000 million euros last year, while Spain exceeds 80,000, according to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Matilde Asian, during an interview in which she stressed that the tourism sector must continue working on the key to quality, competitiveness and public-private cooperation.
He pointed out that Spain has already surpassed France in terms of tourism, not in data on international arrivals, where the French country is still ahead, but in all indicators, taking into account competitiveness, income and the number of overnight stays.
In fact, 2017 was a fantastic year for Spanish tourism, which broke its record of international visitors with the arrival of 82 million tourists, according to the year-end estimate of Turespaña and the statistics provided by the FRONTUR and EGATUR surveys of the National Statistics Institute, INE. Specifically, the foreign tourists who visited Spain last year spent 86,823 million euros in our country, with an increase of 12.2%.
With this data, Spain would for the first time surpass the United States and reach second place in terms of tourist arrivals, an indicator that continues to lag behind France.
However, the Secretary of State has also talked about the challenges of Spanish tourism, such as technological improvement, innovation and sustainability of destinations. Diversification of destinations to avoid concentration and the search for a tourist profile “more prone to spending and with other interests beyond’ sun and beach’ tourism,”is another challenge, said Asían.
Record spending by Spanish tourists
There was also record in 2017 in the expenditure of Spanish tourists abroad with a total of 19,586 million euros spent on their trips, 12.3% more than in 2016, according to the balance of payments reported this week by the Bank of Spain. Looking at the overall evolution of recent years, a clear relationship is established between the increase in GDP and the rise in domestic tourism expenditure.