Spain's tourism sector showed signs of recovery as it welcomed 8.3 million tourists in the month of June 2023. This marked a significant increase of 10.9% compared to the same month in the previous year when the country received 8 million 313 thousand visitors.
Among the top countries sending tourists to Spain in June, the United Kingdom led the way with 1 million 982 thousand visitors, followed by Germany with 1 million 117 thousand, France with 925 thousand, Italy with 435 thousand, and the Netherlands with 352 thousand.
The positive trend continued throughout the first six months of the year, with Spain hosting a total of 37.5 million visitors from January to June 2023. This figure represented an impressive growth of 23.7% compared to the same period in the previous year. The United Kingdom maintained its position as the largest source of tourists for Spain during this period, contributing 7 million 755 thousand visitors. France followed closely behind with 4 million 863 thousand visitors, while Germany and Italy sent 4 million 850 thousand and 2 million 84 thousand tourists, respectively. The Netherlands accounted for 1 million 724 thousand visitors to Spain during the first half of the year.
Despite the significant increase in tourist arrivals, it is important to note that Spain has not fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels. As of June 2023, the country achieved 94.16% of the tourist numbers seen in the same month in 2019, and for the first six months of the year, the figure reached 98.23% compared to the same period in 2019.
These positive indicators signal a promising outlook for Spain's tourism industry as it continues to recover from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country's beautiful landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture continue to attract travelers from around the world, making Spain a top destination for memorable holidays.