Coinciding with Spain’s most important tourism fair, FITUR, PM Pedro Sánchez announced that British and Japanese tourists will be able to enter Spain from today. The UK, however, has not yet included Spain on its green list of safe countries, unlike Portugal. Spain’s main source markets are the UK and Germany, accounting for around 50% of foreign tourists.
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Boris Johnson’s government will impose a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain in response to the surge in reported Covid-19 cases in our country. This decision has fuelled discontent both in the Spanish government and in the tourism sector. This means about 12% of GDP, with the British accounting for 20% of all tourists. Furthermore, the Spanish industry could lose foreign tourism revenues of €8.7 Bn between August and September, reports the Spanish tourist institution Exceltur.
The tourism sector plays a very important role in the Spanish economy. And its prospects are positive looking ahead to the coming years, based on the different statistics available. That said, there are various elements which should make us reflect on whether the Spain’s tourism business is as well focused as it could be and if it is adapting easily to a changing reality.
BARCELONA | By CaixaBank research team | The arrival of tourists from outside Europe has been key to boosting the Spanish tourism industry. Between January 2008 and December 2012, the number of non-European visitors rose by 1.5 million, an increase of 39.3%.