Spain holidays plummet as nation sees loss of five million tourists and €6 billion

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Although Spain has reopened its doors to tourism, it seems the impact of global travel restrictions such as the UK’s traffic light system, are continuing to have a major impact on holidays. According to local reports, the nation has welcomed back no more holidaymakers in the first half of 2021 than they did in 2020 – a year that was dubbed the worst in history for tourism.

Five million fewer tourists visited Spain and, as a result, the nation has reported a loss of approximately €6 billion in spending.

Though Spain is welcoming back foreign visitors, in June it saw 2.2 million arrivals – 75 percent less than in the same month of 2019.

It comes amid mounting concerns over Spain’s traffic light status.

Rising Covid cases, coupled with an incline in the Beta variant, has led to speculation the nation could be moved from the amber list to the red list.

READ MORE: Vaccinated Briton warns EU amber holidays ‘still a nightmare’

Spending also increased, with €2,416 million spent in the country – 73 percent more than in the previous month.

However, the figures remain meek compared with 2019, when 18 million Britons visited Spain, including 3.7 million who headed to the Balearics.

Though UK arrivals usually dominate the holiday market in Spain, in June they ranked fourth for the number of arrivals during June.

The Spanish Government is aiming for 17 million overseas tourists to visit over the summer months, but it is thought that the UK’s decision will play a crucial role.

French holidaymakers mark the second-highest percentage of arrivals with around 438,560 holidaymakers entering Spain.

At the time of writing, fully vaccinated Britons can return from amber list countries without having to face quarantine.

However, this does not apply to amber plus list destinations.

Currently, France is the only country on the UK’s amber plus list. 

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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