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Tourism of residents in Catalonia. Trips and day trips

Tourism of residents in Catalonia. Trips and day trips Catalonia. 3rd quarter 2023
Year-over-year variation
Value Absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total trips 10,185.4 287.2 2.9 -1.1
To Catalonia 5,608.7 -135.7 -2.4 -10.9
To the rest of Spain 2,979.0 537.5 22.0 21.3
Abroad 1,597.7 -114.6 -6.7 7.5
Overnight stays 64,971.5 2,199.9 3.5 3.1
Average length of stay (nights) 6.4 0.0 0.6 4.3
Day trips 11,780.1 1,255.8 11.9 10.1
Units: Thousands.
Source: Idescat, based on data of the INE's Residents Travel Survey.

Last update: December 21, 2023. Next update: March 26, 2024 Calendari

Annual data


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Tourism of Residents in Catalonia (TURCAT).

Methodological note

The Tourism of residents in Catalonia statistic involves data processed by Idescat based on the Residents Travel Survey from the INE.

Its goal is to measure the number of tourism trips and day trips by residents in Catalonia, and the expenditure associated of said trips.

Trips refer to a stay in a main destination outside people's 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.

Day trips refer to those stays in a main destination outside people's 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.

The Residents Travel Survey considers that people's usual environment is their own municipality.

From year 1996 to January 2015, the Spanish Institute of Tourism was in charge of producing the Residents Travel Survey. Starting in February 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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