Tourist flow from Russia to Spain grew by 13% in the first half of the year
In January-June 2019, 574.2 thousand Russian tourists visited Spain, which is 13.2% higher than the figure for the same period a year earlier, according to the data of the country's National Institute of Statistics (INE).
The total tourist flow in the first half of the year grew by 2,8% - up to 38.174 million people. The United Kingdom traditionally becomes the leader with 8,309 million tourists (a decrease of 1,4%). Germany is on the second position with 5,344 million tourists (+3,4%), France closes the TOP-3 with 4,698 million (-2,2%). In the first half of the year, the flow of tourists from the Netherlands also decreased by 3,8% - up to 1,671 million, Switzerland (-4,1%, to 781,7 thousand), and the Scandinavian countries (-6,6%, to 2,644 million).
In June, 8,828 million foreign tourists visited Spain, which is 3,2% more than last June. The Russian tourist flow in the first summer month grew by 5,6% - up to 180,1 thousand people. In June, tourist flow from the UK decreased by 5,3% - up to 2,058 million, Germany - grew by 8,4%, to 1,307 million, France - grew by 8%, to 967 thousand.
In the first half of the year, 8,877 million tourists (+ 2.5%) visited Catalonia, the Canary Islands – 6,605 million (-2,8%), Andalusia – 5,646 million (+ 6.3%), the Balearic Islands – 5,540 million (+1,9%), the autonomous community of Valencia – 4,147 million (+ 1%), Madrid – 3,855 million (+ 10.9%).
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.