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Tourism to Andalucia

Map of Andalucia showing 8 provinces
Map of Andalucia showing 8 provinces

international TOURISTS to ANDALUCIA

Foreign Tourists or International Tourism

In 2019 Andalucia received 12.1 million international tourists. 3.4% up on 2018. There has been consistent growth from 2010 to 2019. International tourists means country of residence not Spain and whose main visit in Spain is to Andalucia).

These figures would place Andalucia (if a country) about 25th in a world league of foreign tourist arrivals.

In 2020 Andalucia received 2.7 million tourists. January and February were up about 3% on 2019 but after mid-March the borders were either closed or complicated for tourists to arrive due to the Coronavirus pandemic.   

The total international tourist spend is an average holiday spend per tourist of  1,067 euro and with an average stay of 11 nights this is an average daily spend of 97 euro

This holiday spending is generally broken down into about 20% on transport, 25% on accommodation, 15% in a package holiday, 15% in restaurants or food and 20% in excursions.

Those staying in hotels averaged 8 nights whilst those not in hotels averaged 16 nights. The principal arrival was via an airport at 80% and by road 8%.

A minority of foreign tourists now arrive as part of a package holiday as 80% travel independently.

There is very much a high season as  3.2 million or 37%  arrive in July, August or September.    

Main reason for coming to Andalucia according to a survey are:

  • Climate 26%
  • Beach 15%
  • Cultural 17%
  • Monuments 11%
  • Visit Family 8%
  • Price 5%
  • Nature 5%
  • Golf 3%
  • Ski 1%
  • Other reasons 10%

International TOURISTS in ANDALUCIA - BY YEAR

In the table and the graph below we see the increase in international (ie non Spanish) tourist arrivals in Andalucia from the year 2000 to 2007 and then the fall to 2010 with a rise to 2019.

 

Year Number
   
2000
6,991,973
2001
7,591,511
2002
7,686,167
2003
7,908,400
2004
7,943,253
2005
8,351,628
2006
7,975,629
2007
8,429,556
2008
7,975,202
2009
7,465,415
2010
7,437,435
2011
7,884,875
2012
7,577,651
2013
7,871,110
2014 8,501,990
2015
9,365,233
2016 10,570,898
2017 11,520,000
2018 11,680,000
2019 12,080,000
2020 2,704,566

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Movimentos turisticas en frontera. Frontur

International Tourists to Andalucia - by month

Month Int Tourists  2019 Int Tourists 2020
     
January 436,073 606.190
February 472,605 625.033
March 659,339 302.928
April 923,021 0
May 1,033,106 0
June 962,995 14,183
July 884,341 359,725
August 924,449 364,111
September 1,048,117 179,214
October 994,193 143,378
November 545,964 49,227
December 453,304 60.577
     

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Movimentos turisticas en frontera. Frontur

International Tourists to Andalucia - by country

In the table below, for 2011 and 2010 and 2009, we show the international tourists in Andalucia by their country or region of residence.

   

Country 2011 2010 2009
       

UK

2,485,000

2,280,000

2.585.000

France

1,014,000

897,000

923,000

Germany

836,000

859,000

761.000

Scandanavia

564,000

547,000

476.000

Ireland

269,000

334,000

403.000

Rest of Europe

2,002,000

1,813,000

1.605.000

Rest of World

711,000

707,000

603.000

Total

7,885,000

7,437,000

7.359.000

Source: Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. Frontur.

 

SPANISH TOURISTS OR NATIONAL TOURISM IN ANDALUCIA

In 2009  the Spanish made 171 million tourist trips of which 158 million were to destinations within Spain and 13 million to other countries. In 2009 81% of the Andalucian tourists (i.e. tourists resident in Andalucia) travelled to a destination within the Andalucia Region and 19% to another region of Spain. This suggests that about 4m tourist trips were made to other regions of Spain.

 

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