Canary Islands: 10.35% increase in September tourism, €1.446 billion spending

In September, international tourist arrivals in the Canary Islands increased by 10.35%, accompanied by €1.446 billion in spending.

In September, the Canary Islands welcomed a total of 1,024,952 international tourists, marking a notable increase of 10.35% compared to the same month the previous year. These visitors spent a total of 1,446.54 million euros during their stay, representing a growth of 12.79%. This data, sourced from the National Statistics Institute (INE), indicates the third-best figure for international tourist arrivals and the highest expenditure in a September in the region’s history.

On average, each tourist spent 181 euros per day in September, a 6.4% increase from the previous year, and stayed for an average of 7.8 days in the Canary Islands. The average expenditure per person reached 1,411 euros, reflecting a 2.21% increase compared to the previous September.

In the year up to September, a total of 9,967,763 tourists visited the Canary Islands, marking a 14.07% increase, and they spent 14,541.99 million euros in the region, reflecting a 15.84% increase. The United Kingdom remains the primary source of tourists for the Canary Islands, accounting for 45.7% of the total, followed by Germany at 16.7%.

However, not all the Canary Islands experienced these positive trends. La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro reported less favorable expectations and lower occupancy rates compared to Tenerife and other destinations.

Canary Islands: 10.35% increase in september tourism, €1.446 billion spending.

In terms of occupancy rates, Tenerife anticipated rates of 81.1% in October, 75.6% in November, and 73.4% in December for the hotel segment. Non-hotel accommodation projected occupancy rates of 76.1% in October, 77.9% in November, and 79% in December.


The tourism sector in Spain as a whole has also seen significant growth, with over 66.5 million tourists visiting in the first nine months of the year, representing a nearly 19% increase compared to 2022. This positive trend is expected to continue, with tourists spending over 84,600 million euros during their visits, a 24% increase from the previous year.

Spain’s tourism sector is on track for a record-breaking year, with strong growth in both the number of tourists and their spending. In the first nine months of 2023, Spain saw an 18.8% increase in the number of tourists compared to the same period in 2022, with over 66.5 million tourists visiting.

The United Kingdom, France, and Germany were the main countries of origin for tourists to Spain, with Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands receiving the most visitors.

In September, Spain welcomed 8.8 million international tourists, a 13.6% increase compared to September 2022. While this figure remains slightly below the same month in 2019, it reflects a positive trend in the recovery of tourism.

The Balearic Islands were the most visited destination in September, followed by Catalonia and Andalusia. Airports were the primary entry point for tourists, and different types of accommodation, including hotels and rented accommodations, saw growth in occupancy.

Tourists spent a total of 11,215 million euros in Spain in September, representing a 22.6% increase from the previous year and a 16.6% increase from September 2019. This resulted in an average expenditure of 1,271 euros per tourist, an 7.9% increase year-on-year.

The United Kingdom, Germany, and France were the top-spending countries in Spain in September, with increased spending across the board. Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, and Catalonia recorded the highest levels of spending by international tourists in that month.

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