The tourism in Andalucia in 2020, as well as everywhere in the world, was struggling because of the Covid 19 pandemic and the prolonged closing of the international borders. Andalucia being one of the most popular destinations in Europe received only 2.7 million tourists for the entire year. As a comparison in 2019 the region of Andalucia, Spain registered 12.1 million international tourists which was 3.4% higher than in 2018.
Due to the closing of borders the area received absolutely 0 tourists in the months of April and May 2020 compared to 923,021 in April 2019 and 1,033,106 in May 2019. Right after opening the borders in July 2020 Andalucia receives 359,725 tourists for the same month, which is less than half compared to the same month of the previous year.
The Majority of International Tourists are from the UK
The huge drops of tourist visitors is due as well to the established travel restrictions with the UK where the majority of tourists are coming from. For example in the month of July 2019 there have been 326,841 British tourists visiting Andalucia compared to 76,636 for the same month in 2020 and 70.486 in 2021.
The largest number of tourists come from the UK, followed by France, Germany, the Scandinavian Countries and Ireland. The main cities visited in Andalucia are Sevilla, Granada, Malaga, Torremolinos, Marbella and Cordoba taking the first positions.
Most of the tourists choose the area of Southern Spain for its climate (26%), beaches (15%) and culture (17%).
2021 Recovery of the Tourism in Andalucia
Due to the active vaccination and gradual improvement of the pandemic situation the tourist market has been recovering and received an increased number of international tourists in the month of July 2021 – 554,924. As of August onwards the National Statistics Institute has not published the new data. We will update this article as soon as new information comes out.
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