According to the industry association, Exceltur, Spain’s tourism industry is expected to return close to pre-pandemic figures over the course of 2022.
Prior to the pandemic, Spain was deemed the second-most visited country world-wide, along with being recognised as the UK’s most visited holiday destination.
Although the rapid spread of Omicron has put stress on the travel industry, it is expected that Spain’s tourism sector will be worth almost 88% of its 2019 figures. A significant increase from 57% percent in 2021.
Spurred on by the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, which makes it more appealing and accessible for travellers to enter Spain and plan their 2022 getaways.
In Exceltur’s reports, it was noted that this recovery is unlikely to kick-start until April. When travellers begin to book holidays for the 2022 summer season.
With expectation that bookings to beach resorts and countryside locations will increase significantly. Whereas urban destinations which are more reliant on international travel and business journeys will see less demand.
If this increase is achieved in 2022, Spain’s tourism industry will equate to 10.5% of Spain’s overall economy. A figure which has doubled from the 5.5% contribution in 2020.