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Foreign tourists. By country of residence

Foreign tourists. By country of residence Catalonia. December, 2020 (p)
Year-over-year variation
Value % over total absolute % month % accumulated
Total 97.3 100.0 -895.9 -90.2 -80.0
Germany 5.0 5.1 -47.7 -90.5 -84.0
Belgium 0.9 (*) 0.9 -13.1 (*) -93.9 (*) -78.9 (*)
France 45.9 47.2 -140.6 -75.4 -67.9
Ireland 0.7 (*) 0.7 -8.4 (*) -92.7 (*) -92.4 (*)
Italy 4.1 4.3 -84.3 -95.3 -83.1
Netherlands 0.7 (*) 0.7 -30.3 (*) -97.8 (*) -80.9 (*)
Nordic countries 0.9 0.9 -23.8 -96.3 -86.8
Portugal 0.7 (*) 0.7 -10.6 (*) -93.8 (*) -76.3 (*)
United Kingdom 3.3 3.4 -63.4 -95.1 -85.9
Russia .. .. .. .. ..
Switzerland 2.9 3.0 -17.2 -85.6 -85.6
Rest of EU 15.0 15.4 -124.2 -89.3 -75.6
United States 1.5 1.6 -68.8 -97.9 -90.2
Rest of America 8.5 8.7 -66.8 -88.7 -79.8
Rest of the world 7.2 7.4 -163.2 -95.8 -82.3
Units: Thousands.
Source: Idescat, based on data of the INE's Tourist Movement on Borders Survey and Tourist Expenditure Survey.
Note: It considers information of trips of foreign tourists whose main destination is Catalonia.
(p) Provisional data.
(*) Estimate with high variability.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Foreign tourists. By country of residence Spain. December, 2020 (p)
Year-over-year variation
Value % over total absolute % month % accumulated
Total 648.7 100.0 -3,656.1 -84.9 -77.3
Germany 82.8 12.8 -412.2 -83.3 -78.4
Belgium 38.0 5.9 -91.9 -70.8 -70.4
France 164.3 25.3 -388.3 -70.3 -65.2
Ireland 12.6 1.9 -71.0 -84.9 -84.9
Italy 24.9 3.8 -280.3 -91.8 -79.1
Netherlands 21.4 3.3 -142.5 -87.0 -75.0
Nordic countries 20.3 3.1 -343.8 -94.4 -78.8
Portugal 32.7 5.0 -103.6 -76.0 -68.6
United Kingdom 109.7 16.9 -676.3 -86.0 -82.4
Russia 3.8 0.6 -48.9 -92.8 -88.2
Switzerland 17.3 2.7 -71.6 -80.5 -78.0
Rest of EU 67.3 10.4 -279.2 -80.6 -73.8
United States 7.1 1.1 -167.6 -95.9 -87.8
Rest of America 24.2 3.7 -212.5 -89.8 -75.7
Rest of the world 22.2 3.4 -366.3 -94.3 -81.4
Units: Thousands.
Source: INE. Tourist Movement on Borders Survey.
(p) Provisional data.

Last update: February 3, 2021. Next update: March 2, 2021 Calendari

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Methodological note

Foreign Tourism in Catalonia involves data processed by Idescat based on the Survey of Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) and Survey of Tourist Expenditure (Egatur) from the INE.

Its goal is to measure, on a monthly basis, the number of visitors living abroad, in accordance with access routes and type of visitor, and reveal the main attributes of said trips.

This statistic encompasses the trips taken by international tourists and excursionistsaccording to the country where they normally reside(that is, the trips taken by travellers whose usual country of residence is outside Spain, regardless of their nationality).

Tourists are those people who travel to a main destination outside their usual environment, involving at least one overnight stay, for a duration of less than one year and when the main reason for the visit (including business, leisure and other personal reasons) is not connected with a job in a company established in the location visited.

Excursionists are those people who travel to a main destination outside their usual environment, involving no overnight stay. Said visits must meet the following characteristics:

  • The point of departure must be the person's usual environment.
  • The visit cannot be part of the person's daily routine.
  • It must have a duration of at least three hours.
  • Its frequency must be less than once per week.

Up until the third quarter of 2015, the Spanish Institute of Tourism was in charge of producing the Survey of Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) and the Survey of Tourist Expenditure (Egatur). Starting in the last quarter of 2015, the body in charge of said operations is the INE. Said shift of responsibilities also entailed a change in the design and methodology of the surveys, which means the data will not be entirely comparable to previous series.

You can get more information about these statistics in the methodology.

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