Spain loses 63 million tourists as 2020 comes to an end missing out on €70 BILLION

SPAIN closes out the year with a loss of 63million tourists in one of the worst periods ever recorded

It’s no secret that the tourist industry in Spain has suffered as a result of the pandemic and international travel restrictions in particular, but as The National Institute of Statistics (INE) takes stock of the actual 2020 figures, it has been revealed that a huge 63million fewer tourists landed on Spanish soil this year.

Tourism is the most important sector of the Spanish economy, which accounts for more than 12% of GDP, and the 2020 numbers translate into a €70billion loss to the Spanish economy this year.

Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, confirmed the figures in the first week of December, adding that a total of only 20million international tourists visited Spain this year, the lowest figure since the arrival of democracy in the country.

The harsh reflecting figures are sad reading for those in business in Spain, especially on the Costa Blanca & Costa del Sol.

Expat bar owner in Spain’s Benidorm, Kevin Davies said: ” We obviously know its been bad, very bad but seeing those figures, really hits home” whilst on the Costa del Sol in Benalmadena, Restaurant owner Phil Jenkins said: ” With those loses, I hope the Spanish government take note and realise we can’t carry on like this and start getting all restrictions lifted”

 


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