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Spain Expects 2023 Tourism Revenue to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

A new industry study found that revenue from tourism companies in Spain is expected to grow by 4.7% over the totals registered in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down international travel.

According to the Reuters industry group, Exceltur found that Spain’s hotels, resorts, transport companies, car rentals and entertainment businesses are experiencing a surge in 2023 bookings that would help the country outpace its tourism numbers for 2019.

“The picture is hopeful,” Exceltur Vice President Jose Luis Zoreda said. “It seems that the desire to travel has prevailed and some firms are telling us that consumers would rather stop buying a shirt or an appliance than stop travelling.”

Tourism numbers remained 2.1% below 2019 levels in 2022 despite the travel industry’s comeback. While revenue for hotels was up 7% from pre-pandemic totals, transport companies were still down 5% compared to 2019.

Inflation, increased fuel costs and wage increases all impacted the bottom line for tourism companies in Spain, but the average prices increased by 6.6% in 2022. If growth reaches projected totals, tourism would represent around 12.2% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Expected to launch in January, Spain announced a new visa scheme that will enable non-nationals hailing from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who work for foreign employers to live in the country without the need to procure a full work visa.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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