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Spanish Tourist Arrivals Take Off In June 2021

Spanish Tourist Arrivals Take Off In June 2021

Spain experienced its best month for tourist arrivals in June 2021 since the start of the pandemic. Providing welcome news for owners of second homes in Spain, particularly those who rent their property out to holidaymakers.  And these figures look set to improve even further in July and August as Spain remains on the UK Government’s amber travel list.

The number of tourist arrivals in Spain hit 2.3 million passengers in June – the highest monthly figure since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest figures released by Turespana.  With British tourists accounting for 156,341 of these arrivals.

Turespana’s latest data reveals that 2.3 million passengers arrived in Spain from international airports in June, making this the busiest month since February 2020.  With tourist numbers even surpassing the number of arrivals recorded during both July and August last summer.

However, whilst cause for optimism, this figure still fell way short of the number of arrivals that Spain welcomed in the pre-pandemic ‘normalcy’ of June 2019 – down in fact by a whopping 75.8%.  Indicating just how much ground is yet to be recovered by Spain’s all important tourist sector.

June 2021 Arrivals By Country Of Origin

Traditionally, British tourism has been the main motor of Spanish tourism.  However, travel restrictions during the pandemic have obviously impacted this position of pre-eminence.

Whilst overall the national make-up of the Spanish tourist market obviously remains in flux, as other countries change and alter their international travel policies in response to infection rates and changing domestic circumstances.

  • Germany – 579,095
  • France – 247,752
  • Italy – 209,177
  • Netherlands – 176,737
  • United Kingdom – 156,341
  • Belgium – 126,078
  • Switzerland – 112,492
  • Poland – 69,352
  • Portugal – 56,844
  • Denmark – 52,165
  • Rest – 494,102

June 2021 Arrivals By Spanish Region

Which regions In Spain welcomed the most foreign tourists in June 2021?

The Balearic Islands were the most visited part of Spain in June, reflecting the popularity of destinations such as Mallorca amongst German (and indeed other) tourists.

Balearic Islands – 664,013 (28.4%)

Madrid – 497,397 (21.3%)

Catalonia – 364,092 (15.6%)

Andalucia – 286,312 (12.3%)

Valencia – 266,596 (11.4%)

Canaries – 224,538 (9.6%)

According to Fernando Valdez, Spain’s Secretary of State For Tourism the upswing in arrivals in June can be largely attributed to the early introduction of the EU Digital Covid Certificate in early June, along with allowing non-essential travel from the UK.

Whilst some holiday homeowners will have benefitted in terms of bookings in June empty calendars in other quarters during 2020 will still oblige many to submit a Modelo 210 non-letting tax return by December 31st.  Along with owners who simply use their second home in Spain for themselves.

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