The number of foreign tourists arriving in Catalonia increased by 7.0% on the year–over–year data for March 2017. According to the country of habitual residence, among the majority countries of origin, registered positives year-on-year variation: France (20.3%), United Kingdom (12.1%) and Italy (25.5%), while Germany showed a negative year-on-year rate (−6.6%).
On the other hand, according to the reason for the trip, leisure and holiday increased by 7.5% and professional reasons by 6.5%. As for the principal type of accommodation, market accommodation grew by 5.8% and non-market accommodation grew by 10,9%.
The Statistics on Foreign Tourism in Catalonia provides monthly data on the number of foreign visitors (tourists and day-trippers) whose primary destination of their trip is Catalonia, according to the different routes of entry. It also provides information on the main characteristics of these trips (principal type of accommodation, reason of travel, method of organisation, mean of transport and country of habitual residence). The data reference period is considered the month in which the trip ends, regardless of its length.
Idescat makes a monthly treatment of the Statistics on Tourist Movement on the Borders and the Tourist Expenditure Survey from the INE.