Number of Tourists Visiting Spain Fell 87 Percent

The Spanish government announced on Wednesday morning that international tourist arrivals to the country fell 87 percent year-on-year in October, after authorities across Europe imposed new travel restrictions to curb an increase in COVID-19 infections.

The Spanish government announced on Wednesday morning that international tourists arrivals to the country fell 87 percent year-on-year in October, after authorities across Europe imposed new travel restrictions to curb an increase in COVID-19 infections.

Spain’s National Statistics Institute INE said in a statement that the new restrictions imposed in different nations across Europe accentuated the blow to Spain’s tourism industry, after a hoped-for recovery in the summer failed to materialize.

The agency pointed out that the year-on-year decline in October was similar to the decline in September and steeper than the 76 percent decline in August.

The INE also said that over the first ten months of this year, some 17.9 million foreign tourists visited the country, around 76 percent fewer than in the same period last year.

The region that was most popular with tourists in the first ten months of the year was Catalonia, while the number of visitors to the Canary and Balearic archipelagos plummeted 68 percent and 87 percent respectively.


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