The number of foreign tourists arriving in Catalonia increased by 5.1% on the year–over–year data for March 2018. By country of habitual residence, among the countries of majority origin, Germany and United Kimgdon registered a positive year-on-year variation (29.9% and 4.5%, respectively); while France show a negative year-on-year rate (−1.5%).
On the other hand, by reason for the trip, all increases: business increased by 16.1%, leisure trips by 2.0% and trips for other reasons (health, studies, family...) by 12.8%. As for the principal type of accommodation, market accommodation increased by 8.3% and non-market accommodation decreased by 5.8%. Note that in 2018 Easter was celebrated between March and April, while in 2017 it took place in April.
The Statistics on Foreign Tourism (TUREST) in Catalonia provides monthly and annual data on the number of foreign visitors (tourists and day-trippers) whose primary destination of their trip is Catalonia.
The interactive consultation of this statistic allows crossing of the following variables: way of entry, type of traveller, reason for travelling, type of accommodation, length of trip, and country of residence. It is also publishing the year-over-year variation of each variable. The data reference period is considered to be the month 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.