The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Spain increased 9.7 percent year-on-year to 4.37 million in December 2018, following a 3.6 percent growth in the previous month. Visitors came mostly from the UK (up 6.1 percent year-on-year to 862 thousand), France (up 0.8 percent to 557 thousand), Germany (up 10.8 percent to 533 thousand), Italy (up 14.9 percent to 300 thousand), the US (up 30.2 percent to 167 thousand), the Netherlands (up 14.8 percent to 154 thousand) and Portugal (up 2.9 percent to 146 thousand). Canarias was the main destination (28.8 percent of total arrivals), followed by Cataluña (22.4 percent) and Andalucía (12.7 percent). In 2018 full year, the number of tourist arrivals rose 1.1 percent to 82.77 million. Tourist Arrivals in Spain averaged 4625.39 Thousand from 1995 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 10493.44 Thousand in July of 2017 and a record low of 1397.41 Thousand in January of 1995.
Tourist Arrivals in Spain is expected to be 5420.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Tourist Arrivals in Spain to stand at 5890.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Spain Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 6150.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.