Spanish authorities have revealed that the Canary and Balearic Islands are leading the recovery of international travelers to the country.
According to one of the most recent press releases issued by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands received the highest number of travelers in June, approaching the figures of before the pandemic.
The majority of travelers who visited the Canary and Balearic Islands in June were from the UK. British tourists account for one in four passengers who visited the islands in June 2022, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are clearly leading the recovery of international travellers, no doubt boosted by the return in 2022 of British tourists, who represent one in four passengers. Our islands are thus approaching the pre-pandemic figures at the start of the high season for which we have really encouraging prospects, even in the current context of rising prices”, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said.
The high number of arrivals from the UK has had a positive impact on all of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, particularly the Balearic Islands.
It has been revealed that the majority of British travelers who have reached Spain (8% of them) have flown with a low-cost airline.
As for the overall data, the ministry said Spanish airports received 2,079,084 passengers from the UK, reaching 83.6% of pre-pandemic levels.
Apart from travelers from the UK, Spain has also received travelers from other countries. Data shows that Spain welcomed more than 8.2 million passengers in June, more than three times more than the same period last year.
The United Kingdom is followed by Germany with 1,322,410 passengers, who mainly chose to visit the Balearic Islands. In addition, it was noted that the degree of recovery of this market compared to 2019 is 87.2%.
The third country with the highest number of travelers who have decided to visit Spain is Italy. A total of 716,042 passengers from Italy reached Spain in June, and eight out of ten traveled on low-cost airlines.
A further 647,834 passengers visited Spain from France, reaching 95.2% of 2019 levels.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that tourism remains one of the main job generators in Spain. The tourism sector continued to create the most jobs in June, with more than 331,000 more people employed compared to the same period last year.
Spain’s tourism institute, Turespana, said employment in the country topped 2.6 million workers last month.