Spain welcomed only 19 million foreign tourists in 2020, lowest level in the past 51 years

Cristian Hatis 1 Min Read

The number of international visitors to Spain has fallen by more than 80% in 2020, after authorities imposed travel restrictions in context of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Spain welcomed only 19 million foreign tourists last year, a level not recorded since 1969. Also, foreign tourists’ spending in 2020 fell by 78.5% to 19.74 billion euros.

Most foreign tourists came last year from France (3.87 million, a decline of 65.2%), the United Kingdom (3.17 million, down 82.4%) and Germany (2.41 million, a decline of 78.4%).

In 2019, the number of international visitors reached a record level of 83.5 million, the seventh consecutive year of increase in the number of tourists. They spent 91.91 billion euros.

Spain is the second most visited country in the world, after France, and tourism counts to about 12% of the Gross Domestic Product.

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