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UK drops down list of Spanish tourism source markets

The UK has dropped down the list of top tourist source markets for Spain in the latest figures, for June 2021.

The Spanish government released data today showing the country received 2.2 million international tourists this June, 984.7% more than in the same month of 2020 when they were 204,272.

Germany sent the most (500,010) followed by France (438,560) and the Netherlands (147,312).

The UK, which typically sends more holidaymakers to Spain than Germany, accounted for 142,507 visits in June.

In June 2019, there were 2,074,006 UK visitors to Spain, and was the country’s number one source market. The fall in numbers means this year’s total June arrivals is less than 7% of June 2019 levels.

So far this year, Spain has received 273,333 UK visitors. By June, 2020 figures were at 2,011,761 and in 2019 there had been 8,288,928 UK visitors to Spain by the end of June. There were 18.13 million in the full year of 2019.

Spain is currently on the UK’s amber list – meaning Britons returning to the UK must isolate for 10 days on their return, unless they are fully-vaccinated by UK, EU or US-approved vaccines.

The Balearic Islands was Spain’s most-visited tourist destination in June, with 29.6% of the total number of visitors to the country. It was followed by Cataluña (18.2%) and Andalucía (13.4%).

A total of 656,082 tourists visited the Balearics, compared to 28,388 in June 2020.

Of Spain’s June 2021 arrivals, 1,723,334 came by air, a further 472,860 by road, 10,143 by rail and 9,374 by water transport.

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