The tourism boom continues unabated in Spain. The month of January set a new historical record for both tourist arrivals and spending: nearly 4.2 million visitors came to Spain, a 2.2% rise from the same month last year, and they spent a total €4.7 billion, 3.6% more than in January 2018.
The strong January figures come on the back of a bumper year for the tourism industry: even though growth slowed down in 2018, the year ended with a new record of 82.7 million arrivals and spending of €89.9 billion.
According to figures released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE), there were 4,196,939 international visitors in Spain in January, or 86,802 more than in January 2018. This is the sixth year in a row that Spain has set a new record for the month of January.
Britain was the main country of origin, with 807,347 visitors, followed by Germany with slightly over 500,000. Spain’s third-largest market, France, experienced a 8.7% drop to 446,307 visitors.
The greatest boost in tourist numbers came from the United States. There were 149,000 American visitors, a 25.5% rise from the same period last year. The Portuguese market has also grown a significant 21% to 141,000 visitors.