Foreign tourists (annual series 2001-2015). Reason and characteristics of the trip

Foreign tourists (annual series 2001-2015). Reason and characteristics of the trip Catalonia. 2015
Value Variation (%)
Foreign tourists arrivals 19,260.6 5.2
Reason
Leisure/Holiday 15,596.9 2.2
Professional reasons 2,049.0 22.6
Personal (family, health and purchases) 848.9 38.8
Others 765.9 0.1
Ways to organize the trip
Direct 16,185.5 7.7
Agency and others 3,075.2 -6.5
Transport
Car 4,997.6 4.6
Bus 746.0 -5.0
Plane 12,887.2 6.0
Train 269.4 8.3
Others 360.4 4.8
Types of accommodation
Hotel 10,726.4 3.3
Not hotel 8,534.2 7.6
Units: Thousands.
Source: Idescat, based on data of the Institute of Tourism Statistics (ITS)'s Frontur Survey.
Note: It considers information of trips of foreign tourists whose main or secondary destination is Catalonia
From January 2014 the IET incorporates cruise travellers and high-speed train journeys into the calculation of data.
Foreign tourists (annual series 2001-2015). Reason and characteristics of the trip Spain. 2015
Value Variation (%)
Foreign tourists arrivals 68,215.2 5.0
Reason
Leisure/Holiday 58,066.7 3.3
Professional reasons 4,885.1 13.3
Personal (family, health and purchases) 3,069.3 20.9
Others 2,194.2 15.7
Ways to organize the trip
Direct 48,568.4 6.6
Agency and others 19,646.8 1.5
Transport
Car 10,657.8 4.9
Bus 1,816.1 1.0
Plane 54,425.3 5.0
Train 342.1 12.5
Others 973.9 13.4
Types of accommodation
Hotel 43,069.6 4.9
Not hotel 25,145.7 5.2
Units: Thousands.
Source: Institute of Tourism Statistics (ITS). Frontur Survey.
From January 2014 the IET incorporates cruise travellers and high-speed train journeys into the calculation of data.

Date published: March 31, 2016.

Methodological note

Statistics are drawn up on trips made by foreign tourists in order to quantify and describe flows of visitors to Catalonia.

Until the third quarter of 2015 data are obtained from the Survey of Tourism Movements at Borders (Frontur) produced by the Institute of Tourism Statistics (ITS). From the fourth quarter of 2015 on, the INE carries out the Frontur survey.

It provides annual information of the tourists for country of origin, for the trips of the main destination and secondary destination to Catalonia. Main destination is the most significant place visited during the trip with the highest number of overnight stays. Moreover, the information referring to tourists is classified by different variables: accommodation, reason for the trip, country of residence and type of transport.

Frontur is a continuous monthly survey which uses a mixed data gathering system. It uses administrative registers for all types of transport used, takes a manual count at border points and carries out sample-based surveys at entry and exit points in Spain. This statistical operation generates information about the number of travellers and the number of overnight stays.

Tourist means a traveller who makes an overnight stay, while tripper means a traveller who does not make an overnight stay. The sum of tourists and trippers (including through travellers) is the total number of visitors.

Overnight stay is a night spent outside the habitual residence. The arrival of tourists gather the number of people that do one or more overnight stays in a row in the same accommodation.

In March 2009 Idescat began to use a new estimate methodology. Data for 2006, 2007 and 2008 have been revised as the Frontur data include methodological changes. These changes enhance the estimates of data for travellers who come to Spain through ports and by road (coaches). All other access routes (airport, train and light vehicles on roads) are not affected by the changes.

From March 2011, the table of the reasons of the trip, according to IET, can be disaggregated in leisure/holidays, professional reasons, personal (familiar, health, purchases) and others.

In January 2014 the IET incorporated cruise travellers into the Frontur statistics and expanded the information on train travellers. The coverage of travellers who come to Catalonia was thereby increased.

As for cruises, foreign cruise travellers in transit (in other words, those who, once they reach port, continue on their cruise) are regarded as international travellers. As for trains, the railway flows with France have been redesigned, giving more weight to high-speed train journeys and removing routes which are no longer in operation.

The data for Catalonia is always provisional. The data for Spain is definitive, except the last year.

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