TOURISM in July returned to almost the same levels as before the Covid pandemic in 2019.
Figures from the National Institute of Statistics show that hotel nights exceeded 42.3 million last month with occupancy rates of 69.9%.
This is equivalent to 98% of the totals reached in July 2019 before the pandemic sent the tourism sector into a tailspin.
The return of international tourism is the main reason for the additional momentum this year.
Six out of ten overnight stays were from non-Spanish residents – 26.7 million in July.
It is also an indicator of the number of people keen to holiday in Spain despite serious staff shortage problems at some European airports, coupled with airline strikes.
In the first seven months of 2022, overnight stays increased by 187.7% compared to the same period last year.
The average length of stay also increased by 11.6% compared to July 2021, standing at 3.4 nights per traveler – just below 3.5 in July 2019.
In terms of gross numbers of overnight stays, foreign tourists chose the Balearic Islands as the most popular destination, accounting for 35.9% of the total.
Next come Catalonia and the Canary Islands, with 20.4% and 18.8% of the total respectively.
The regions most appreciated by national tourists were Andalusia, Catalonia and the Valencian Community.