Foreign tourists’ spending has grown 12.9% in the Canary Islands in the first four months of the year 2017, compared to the same period last year 2016, to a total of 5.675 million, according to the Egatur poll released Monday by the National Institute Of Statistics (INE).

In addition, the average expenditure of foreign tourists increased by 3.2% to 1,154 euros, at 133 euros per day, 5% more, while the average stay fell by 1.7% to 8.7 days.
Only in April, where the Canaries accumulated 20% of the country’s total expenditure, spending increased by 20.1% to a total of 1,348 million, with 1,074 euros of average expenditure (+1.9), at an average of 130 euros per day. The average journey time fell by 5.1%, to 8.3 days.
In Spain, the expenditure of international tourists who visited Spain reached 20,394 million euros during the first quarter of the year, an increase of 15.3% over the same period of 2016.
In April, total spending by foreign visitors totaled 6,739 million euros, an increase of 19.7% over the same month of the previous year. The high expenditure compared to March is due to the effect of Holy Week.
The average expenditure per tourist was in April at 955 euros, with an annual increase of 3.2%, while average daily spending reached 137 euros, 5.5% more than in April 2016
The average travel time of international tourists was 7 days in the fourth month of the year, a decrease of 0.2 days compared to the average of the same month last year.
Due to the different location of Holy Week in 2016 and 2017, INE makes a comparison of the expenditure of international tourists in the months of March and April of both years. In these two months, foreign tourists spent 11,837 million euros this year, 15.5% more than in the same period of 2016.


The tourists who spent the most during the first four months in Spain were those from the United Kingdom, with 3,847 million euros, 13.9% more, which accounted for 18.9% of total expenditure. British tourists spent an average of 816 euros per visitor (+ 0.7%), with an average daily cost of 112 euros (+ 1.5%).
They followed the arrivals from Germany, with 2.85 billion euros and an increase of 15.6%, which accounted for 14% of the total. The Germans made a visitor spending of 970 euros (3.6%), with an average daily expenditure of 120 euros (+ 9.1%).
In third place were arrivals from the Nordic countries with an expenditure of 2,147 million euros, which represents a rise of 9.1% and 10.05% of total expenditure. This market has the highest average expenditure per visitor with 1,222 euros (+ 5.3%), with an average daily cost of 143 euros (+ 4%).
The arrivals from France, with 1,629 million euros, 12.4% more, were responsible for 8% of the total. Average expenditure per French visitor reached 565 euros (+ 2.7%), with an average daily expenditure of 94 euros (+ 8.3%).
Tourists arriving in Italy during the first four months of the year spent a total of 735 million euros on their trips to Spain, 9.1% more than the previous year, accounting for 3.6% of total annual expenditure. The average expenditure per tourist was 652 euros (+ 6.6%) with an average daily expenditure of 122 euros (+ 1.5%).


By autonomous communities, the Canaries was the most benefited with 5,675 million euros, 12.9% more than the previous year, which captured 27.8% of the total. It was followed by Catalonia with 4,274 million euros, an increase of 12% and 21% of the total, and Andalusia with 3,070 million euros, 13.4% more, and 15.1% of the total.
The Community of Madrid occupied the fourth position by spending foreign visitors with 2.516 million euros, with the Community showing a larger increase (21.2%) compared to the same period in 2016, capturing 12.3% of the total Of annual expenditure. Behind was the Valencian Community with an expenditure of 1.970 million euros, 20.1% more and hoarding 9.7% of the total.
It followed the Balearic Islands with 1,453 million euros, (+ 12.8%) and capturing 7.1% of the annual total. The rest of the Autonomous Communities together totaled 1,435 million euros, 25.4% more.

19.7% MORE IN APRIL 2017

In April, tourist spending amounted to 6,739 million euros, 19.7% more, and the main countries by level of expenditure were the United Kingdom (18.4% of the total), Germany (16.1%) and France (9.5%).
Tourists from the United Kingdom spent € 1.243 billion in April, up 7.7% from the same month in 2016, while visitor spending from Germany remained at € 1,085 million. Likewise, that of the Gallic tourists grew by 7.6%, to 642 million euros.
Tourists from the Nordic countries came in with € 584 million (+ 25.9%) in April, and arrivals from Italy, with € 230 million (+ 22.6%),


Catalonia, the Canary Islands and Andalusia are the autonomous communities with the largest share of total tourist spending in April with 21.8%, 20% and 16.3% of the total, respectively.
However, the behavior was uneven as spending in Catalonia increased by 20.3% to € 1,472 million, 20.1% in the Canaries to € 1.348 billion, and only 10% in Andalusia, Up to 1,099 million euros.
In April, in fourth place by spending, the Balearic Islands stood at 906 million euros, the highest in April with 36.4% more, followed by the Community of Madrid, with 798 million euros, one 19.2% more. On the other hand, the Valencian Community captured 638 million euros, 9.2% more. The rest of the Autonomous Communities added in December 478 million euros, 28.6% less.


The spending of tourists who traveled without a tourist package to Spain accounted for 70.5% of the total and increased by 19.7%. By contrast, the expenditure of those who hire a package to travel to Spain grew 19.8%.
As for the reason for the trip, tourists who visited Spain in April for leisure generated 85.4% of total spending, which increased by 5.5% compared to April 2016. On the other hand, the total expenditure of tourists which came from work or business fell by 22.5%.

Courtesy of Europa Press