A record breaking 4.2 million tourists visited Spain during January of this year spending some 4.7 billion euros.
During the first month of 2019 records were broken in Spain, both in terms of tourist arrivals and spending, with almost 4.2 million tourists arriving on the Spanish shores spending a total of 4.7 billion euros, respective increases of 2.2% and 3.6% compared to January 2018.
The impressive figures for January come on the back of another record year for tourism in Spain which, despite slowing down in 2018, finished the year with a record 82.6 million arrivals spending 89.9 billion euros.
According to data released by Spains Institute of National Statistics (INE) 4,196,939 international visitors arrived in Spain during January, amounting to 86,802 more visitors than the same month the previous year, and the sixth year running that Spanish tourism has broken records in January.
British tourists were the greatest in number with 807,347 visitors, followed by Germans with a little over 500,000 visitors and France with 446,307 visitors. The largest increase in tourist numbers originated from the United States with 149,000 visitors, 25% growth compared to the same period 2018. The Portuguese market also recorded significant growth of 21% reaching 141,000 visitors.
Along with Madrid, Catalonia and the Canary Islands, Andalucía – home of our very own Costa del Sol – was amongst the most popular destinations for tourists, receiving over half a million visitors.