Initially, the Spanish authorities relied on domestic tourists, attracting Spaniards from the central regions of the country to the resorts. And this approach has fully justified itself. In addition, international travelers have also returned. According to officials, this is a sufficient guarantee that the season will be successful, including on economic indicators.
According to the latest data, the volume of tickets sold for domestic flights this summer season is three percent higher than in 2019 , and the most demanded directions — islands.
Heading the table is Fuerteventura, with 39 percent more bookings than in 2019. Further places in the rating of tourists' preferences were distributed as follows:
Ibiza — plus 33%
Lanzarote — plus 31%
Santa Cruz de la Palma — plus 22%
Malaga — plus 6%
The Catalan capital Barcelona also exceeds pre-pandemic volumes, with nine percent more tours purchased so far than in 2019.
Statistics also show that the number flights to Spain from abroad increased by 89 percent compared to 2019, which was a record year for international tourist arrivals.
Thus, there is every reason to believe that Spain will regain its position in the international market this summer. Experts note that these successes are mainly associated with tourists “from the rest of Europe”, as Asia is sagging by 70 percent, and American markets have only begun to grow.
Among the countries that give the main flow of tourists, &mdash ; UK and Germany. They are also up compared to 2019, up 5 and 22 percent respectively.
Sweden, Denmark and Norway show the highest growth compared to the pre-pandemic period: +79%, +46% and + 33%.
Balearic Islands — most preferred by international tourists. Ticket sales for the archipelago are already 10 percent higher than in 2019. Moreover, Ibiza grew by 14 percent, and Palma de Mallorca — by nine.
Tourists with the highest purchasing power show the greatest interest in Spain, with 25 percent more bookings in premium hotels than before the pandemic.