International tourists in Spain dropped 93.6 percent in Feb in the midst of COVID restrictions

Published on : Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In Spain, in February 2021, tourist arrivals have reduced to 93.6% as visitors kept away from all bars and beaches in usually the second most visited country in the world.

In 2020, international tourism in Spain dropped 80% to 19 million visitors. This is the lowest level since 1969 as Covid restrictions took their toll.

In the first two months of 2021, this trend was constant; data from the national statistics institute on Tuesday have shown the same. It’s a further bad news for a country that got over a tenth of its gross domestic product (GDP) from tourism.

In February 2021, Spain received about 284,311 tourists from foreign countries, 34.6% less than in January. International tourism revenues plunged 93.3% in February, putting several businesses at risk.

As maximum tourists came from France, the number of French people dropped to 87.4% from February 2020 in general, the last month before the pandemic hit. Weary of their own lockdown, many French have started flocking over the borders to take a pleasure in open bars and restaurants in areas like Madrid.

Germans, who started flocking to Mallorca, stood second.

Estimates from the Funcas think tank shows that the sector’s contribution to the economy of Spain has dropped between 4% and 5% last year from around 12% in 2019, destroying many businesses.

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