What are the tourist’s priorities when traveling?

Internet connection, your own bed and traveling alone stand out among the top priorities of the people who make tourism.

47% of people surveyed choose a good free internet connection as what they miss the most when they are away from home. This data is especially widespread in young people between 18 and 24 years old, with 54%, compared to 40% in people between 50 and 65 years old.

Expectations are an important aspect of every trip. The survey revealed that Spaniards hope to discover another culture and its history (66%), change their habits (31%) and live exciting experiences (21%).

And when they prepare a trip, what do they feel? 67% of Spanish travelers feel happy, 60% are curious about what is to come and 33% are impatient. On the other hand, the stay in hotels associates it with two nouns: comfort (61%) and well-being (40%).

The preferred travel companions are still, as expected, couples, children and friends. In the case of Spaniards, 94% of respondents would like to travel with their partner, while 41% would choose to travel with their friends. 55% also consider that pets can be good allies abroad. On the contrary, 46% have indicated that in-laws are with those who would least wish to travel.

Surprisingly, 19% of participants internationally consider that the best travel companion is none other than oneself. As an example, 25% of the Germans, Americans and Indians surveyed say they prefer to travel on their own. Again, the generation gap is significant, with a greater number of young travelers between 18 and 24 years of age who decide to travel alone.

The idea of ​​traveling with bosses or co-workers only has the backing of Chinese travelers. Among them, 40% do not rule out the possibility of traveling with their bosses and 48% are happy to travel with their colleagues at work.

Last but not least, 38% of the participants state that what they miss the most when they are away from home are the bed and the pillow, almost as much as the percentage of respondents who miss their family and friends more (40%)

The results of the aforementioned study are available in the attached document (in English).


The archipelago confirms the forecasts and touches the 16 million tourists

The destination added one million more visitors in 2017 to those registered the previous year. Foreigners concentrated the increase, while the national market only grew 1%.

The Canary Islands remained in 2017 to less than 25,000 tourists to reach 16 million. The data on border tourism movements (Frontur) -published yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and its regional counterpart, the Istac- certify that the forecasts handled by the regional government and the sector were not misguided: the destination has marked a new record -15.975.507 tourists-, experiencing an increase of more than one million customers compared to the previous year.

The strength of the foreign market explains the historical records. The 14,310,373 international visitors received in 2017 represent an increase of 7.3%.

The evolution of national tourism is more modest. The 1,665,137 customers resident in Spain represent a rise of just 17,000 people compared to the previous year’s data – 1% more – and point to a slowdown in the recovery process of this market, which in 2016 had contributed almost 160,000 tourists plus.

The analysis by nationalities shows that the improvement of the markets was almost general, with the sole exception of France.

The expected adverse effects of “brexit” have not been felt in the Islands, which still have the British as their main market. In 2017, 5,267,514 tourists from the United Kingdom stayed in the Canary Islands, 7.6% more than in the previous year.

Germany, with 3,124,223 visitors and an increase of 3.4%, takes second place again. The rise of the Swedish market -652,344 tourists, an increase of 7.5 %- places it in third place, a position that has overtaken clients coming from the Netherlands, which amounted to 648.508, 4.7% more.

“The Canary Islands has consolidated as a leading destination not only in number of tourists, but also in terms of hotel occupancy, profitability and employment, with around 10,000 jobs more than the previous year,” he said in a statement. the Minister of Tourism, Isaac Castellano, who noted that one in four foreign visitors arrived in Spain in December opted for the Islands.

Spending also breaks a new record

Canarias closed 2017 with a record amount of spending by foreign tourists, leaving a sum of 16,780 million euros, 11.4% more than the previous year, according to data published yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and collected by Efe. The archipelago was, thus, the second autonomous community with the largest total expenditure of foreign visitors in 2017, behind only Catalonia, where it amounted to 19,152 million euros, 9.7% more than in 2016, according to the latest Tourist Expenditure Survey Egatur. It details that in December the disbursement of foreign travelers arrived at the Islands was 1,541 million euros, 4.3% more than a year ago, and that the average expenditure of each of them was 1,226 euros , with an interannual increase of 3.8%. The average cost per person per day was 141 euros, which increased 10% in relation to December 2016.


2017, new yearly tourism record in Spain: 82 million foreign visitors

The 81.8 million foreign tourists that visited Spain in 2017 spent 86,823 million euros, an increment of 12.2% compared to the previous year.

The working conditions of those who make it possible for Spain to be an attractive tourist destination – floor maids and hospitality staff, among others – do not notice it and are still very improvable, as reported by the affected workers, but the main industry of the country is still hitting record numbers and beating its own records year after year.

This is confirmed by the Statistics of Tourist Movements in Borders (FRONTUR), whose data for 2017 have been released today by the National Institute of Statistics.

During 2017, a total of 81.8 million tourists visited Spain, which meant an increase of 8.6% over the previous year.

In December, four million tourists passed through Spain, 0.2% less than in the same month of 2016.

The INE has also published the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur), whose main result is that the total expenditure made by tourists not resident in Spain during the year 2017 was 86,823 million euros , with a increase of 12.2% with respect to 2016.

By Autonomous Communities of destination, those that concentrated most spending by tourists in 2017 were Catalonia (with 19,152 million euros, 9.7% more than in 2016), Canarias (with 16,780 million and an increase of 11.4 %) and Illes Balears (with 14,591 million and an increase of 12.2%).

The main countries of residence of tourists were the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The arrival of tourists residing in the United Kingdom increased by 6.2% and that of German tourists by 6.1%. On the contrary, the number of tourists from France fell by 0.1%.

Catalonia was the main destination community in 2017, with 19 million tourists, 5% more than in 2016. Behind were Canarias (with 14.2 million and an increase of 7.2%) and Illes Balears (with 13 , 8 million and an increase of 6.1%).

On the other hand, Andalucía received 11.5 million tourists (8.9% more than in 2016), Comunitat Valenciana 8.9 million (15.3% more) and Comunidad de Madrid 6.7 million (with an increase 15.8%).

Regarding the form of entry into Spain, 66.6 million tourists used the airway, which meant an increase of 10.4%. By road, 12.9 million arrived, 0.7% less.

By type of accommodation, the market was used by 65 million tourists (9.0% more) and non-market by 16.8 million (7.2% more).

The main reason for tourists on their trips to Spain during 2017 were leisure, recreation and vacations. For that cause, 71 million arrived, with an annual growth of 10.5%. By business, professional reasons came 4.7 million tourists (0.6% more) and for other reasons, 6 million (4.4% less).

The duration of the majority stay among tourists in 2017 was four to seven nights, with 38 million tourists and an increase of 8.8%.

Regarding the form of organization of the trip, 57.8 million tourists arrived in Spain without tourism package (10.5% more than in 2016) and 24.0 million with tourist package (4.3% more) .