Share on networks

  • Tourists spent 19,050.5 million euros, 9.1% more than in 2016
  • Tourists from the USA stand out in terms of both numbers and money spent

According to information recently published by the Conselleria d’Empresa i Coneixement (the Ministry of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Catalan Government), a total of 19,314,000 foreign tourists visited Catalonia in 2017, which is 5.5% more than the previous year.

The increases in numbers of tourists from the United States (27.9%) and Russia (22.7%), as well as from Nordic Countries (7.3%), the Netherlands (6%) and the United Kingdom (4.9%) are noteworthy. The Ministry of Enterprise and Knowledge also noted the excellent figures from Central and South America, which grew by 24.7%.

Furthermore, visitors spent 19,050.5 million euros. This figure represents a revenue of 1,582 million euros more than the previous year, and which is 9.1% more than in 2016. With regard to their markets of origin, the increased spending of tourists from the United States (32.4%), the Netherlands (23.4%), Russia (11%), Nordic Countries (7.6%), and Germany (6.6%) was noteworthy. There was also excellent data from the Central and South American markets and the rest of the world.

Although a slowdown in activity was detected during the last quarter, mainly in Barcelona, ​​these figures support Catalonia, not just as a major Mediterranean international tourist destination, but also one at a leading global level. Tourism is currently one of the most important economic sectors in the country, as it accounts for 12 percent of GDP and employs over 350,000 people.


Share on networks

Related news

Green light for the Biopol-Granvia Urban Development Plan in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat


Green light for the Biopol PDU that will regenerate 96 hectares with an investment of 230 million

WTC Barcelona will renew the 48,000 m2business centre in the port of Barcelona


WTC Barcelona will renew the 48,000 m2 business centre in the port of Barcelona

Barcelona Airport exceeded


Barcelona Airport exceeded 4.2m passengers in March, 13.8% more than in 2023