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Foreign Tourism. 03/2020

The number of foreign tourists arriving in Catalonia stood 0.4 million in March 2020 which represents a year-over-year decrease of 68.2%. By country of habitual residence, among the countries of major origin, France, United Kingdom and Germany registered negative rates (−61.1%, −66.3% and −67.8%, respectively).

On the other hand, by reason for travelling, leisure trips, business trips and trips for other reasons (health, studies, family...) decreased by 67.6%, 76.5% and 62.5%, respectively.

As for the principal type of accommodation, market accommodation decreased by 69.9% and non-market accommodation decreased by 61.5%.

The entry into force of Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, whereby a state of alarm is declared for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, and the orders INT/248/2020, of 16 March, and INT/270/2020, of 21 March, suppress the flow of international visitors for tourism reasons. Given that the survey of visitors is conducted at the moment they leave the country and that it was only possible to conduct the interviews before the entry into force of the state of alarm, full information is only available from field work conducted before 14 March. Despite this, it has been possible to construct the usual monthly estimators and the data are deemed to be of sufficient quality to be disseminated.