Tourism statistics of Spain and Andalucia

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Statistics in Southern Spain

Tourism statistics of Spain and Andalucia

Statistics may be of some interest to the general public. Especially those doing research for an academic project or studying a business proposal should find this collection of statistics useful.



Tourism statistics are often reported in the press in Andalucia. As tourism is such an important industry and part of the economy it is quite common to report these figures. However, an analysis of most statistics reported in the press reveals that there is a tendency to report press releases from government organisations. These tend to highlight the optimistic figures and not to question figures that do not agree with other studies.

In order to help orient the reader we provide a collection of statistics taken from a range of publications and reports by national, regional, provincial and local bodies. They do seem to agree. Just!

Traditionally a tourist is defined as someone who travels for pleasure. This definition is now more complex as people travel for a variety of reasons. The increase in foreign residents who frequently travel abroad and within Spain must be distorting the statistics.

Note. In accordance with World Tourism guidelines foreign tourists are counted as those originating from their country of residence and not by their nationality. This is significant in some areas such as the Costa del Sol where foreign nationals make up a significant proportion of the travelling population.

In 2019 Andalucia received 12.1 million international tourists. 3.4% up on 2018. There has been consistent growth since 2010. This would place Andalucia (if a country) about 25th in the world.… More →

Official data by INE (National Statistics Institute, see table below) for 2023 recorded 12.2 million international arrivals to Andalucia, just overtaking the 12.02 million in 2019. This means that… More →

The total world International tourist arrivals were to 764 million in 2004 up from 693m in 2001. Spain has dropped to the fourth most popular destination country in the world after France, USA and… More →

Number of foreign tourists to Spain for 2001 to 2010 can be seen in the table below. A Tourist is defined as a visitor who stays at least one night and the purpose of travel is pleasure not… More →

The GDP (PIB Producto Interior Bruto in Spanish) is a measure of the total market value of all the goods and services produced by a country in a given period. GDP is widely used by economists to… More →

According to the municipal redister (padron) the population of Andalucia on the 1st January 2012 is 8,437,000. This is provisional estimate. According to the municipal redister (padron) the… More →

There was a large construction boom in Andalucia from 2000 to 2007. This can be seen from the number of new housing units built according to the Ministry of Public Works.

The total number of foreign residents registered on the municipal Padron' in Andalucia in 2010 was 704,056. In the table (split into two) below you can see the break down of this by province of… More →

Andalucia has 5 international airports. There is detailed information about each airport and the flights on our respective airport pages, Malaga, Sevilla, Almeria, Jerez, Granada-Jaen. Malaga is… More →

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