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Spain, Portugal suffer 97 per cent drop in tourism

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SPAIN government has expressed concerns over sharp drop in the country’s tourism industry due to coronavirus pandemic.

  Government says, it has so far received 204,926 international tourists as at June 2020, indicating 97.7 per cent less than last year, according to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics study released today.

The data also showed that the total spend of international tourists visiting Spain in June decreased 98.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.

 In comparison to June 2019, the spend per tourist dropped 40.8 per cent to $755 (€651) and the average duration of trips was reduced by one day to 5.7 days.

In June, 920,778 national and international travelers stayed in hotels or similar establishments in Spain, with a total of 1,820,455 overnight stays. Both figures represent less than 10 per cent of the estimated totals for this period a year ago.

 Source says, Four-star hotels are the most visited, followed by three-star establishments.

While Spain’s tourism industry slack under the impact of COVID-19, the UK government unexpectedly announced that all people returning from Spain would be required to self-isolate for two weeks due to an increase in coronavirus cases, reversing its previous stance.

Norway also imposed a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all travelers returning from Spain for the same spike in coronavirus cases reason and French Prime Minister Jean Castex has previously advised French people against traveling to Catalonia.

According to Statista, which provides data on the global digital economy, Spain is one of the countries most vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact on tourism, with travel and tourism contributing 14.3 per cent to Spain’s GDP last year.

In a related development, Portugal’s once-booming tourism sector has reported another month of disastrous numbers in June – as fears of COVID-19 and travel restrictions continued to keep visitors away, according to data released this morning.

In its flash estimate, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in the countery dropped 96 per cent to around 201,000 last month from a year ago.

    The total number of guests, including domestic travellers, fell nearly 82 per cent in June to just over 500,000 people, a slight improvement from a drop of over 94 per cent in May

    In June around 45 per cent of tourist accommodation establishments were shut or had no guests.

    Overnight stays by Britons, one of the country’s biggest foreign markets, fell over 98 per cent in June compared to the same period in 2019, followed by a massive drop in the German and Spanish markets, decreasing 95.1 per cent and 93.3 per cent respectively.

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