In 2017 Catalonia hosted 22.7% more Russian tourists
The flow of tourists from Russia to Catalonia by the end of 2017 amounted 688.7 thousand people - almost two thirds of all Russian tourists who visited Spain. This was reported by the Deputy Director of the representative office of the Council for Tourism of Catalonia in Russia Kristina Ionitskaya. According to the national statistics of Catalonia, Russia this year entered again in the TOP-10 of key incoming markets of Catalonia and now is on the eighth line with an indicator of 688.7 thousand tourists. In comparison with 2016 (in which we also recorded growth) in 2017 the number of Russian tourists in Catalonia increased by 22.7%. Catalonia in 2017 hosted 60% of all Russians who visited Spain and is still the main Spanish market for tourists from Russian Federation. According to preliminary data from Frontur, from January to November almost 1.1 million Russian citizens visited Spain. December, most likely, added to this figure about 50 thousand people. Consequently, Catalonia in 2017 hosted 60% of all Russians who visited Spain", - notes Ms. Ionitskaya According to her, in 2017 two thirds (487 thousand) of Russians came to Catalonia during the beach season - from May to September. The share of sightseeing tourism is about 30% of the all flow. On average, Russians spend for holiday in Catalonia (include accommodation and meals in hotels) 1,074 Euros per person. By this indicator, Russia is in the TOP 5 of leading markets of Catalonia.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.