The number of foreign tourists arriving in Catalonia decreased by 11.0% on the year–over–year data for April 2018. By country of habitual residence, among the countries of major origin, France and United Kingdom registered a negative year-on-year variation (−25.1% and −0.6%, respectively); while United States showed a positive year-on-year rate of 52.4%.
On the other hand, by reason for the trip, leisure trips decreased by 16.1% and trips for other reasons (health, studies, family...) by 30.1%, while business trips increased by 118.5%. As for the principal type of accommodation, market accommodation decreased by 9.1% and non-market accommodation by 19.0%. 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.