2015 tourism statistics: Catalonia received 17.4 million foreign tourists in 2015 and Girona attracted over 4.6 million

Girona, january 2016

According to the Government of Catalonia’s Business and Labour Observatory, Catalonia received 17.4 million foreign tourists (3.7% more than 2013) in 2015, who spent over €15.63bn (a 3.4% year-over-year increase). By markets, France is still the destination’s biggest source market with a total of 28.6% of the tourists who visited the region over the year. The number of tourists from other major markets has also increased, including those visiting from the United States (25.9%), France (8.2%), the UK (6.5%) and the rest of Europe. The source market with the biggest decrease in tourists was Russia, down to 31% from 2014.

Tourism in the low season showed stronger growth than in the high season with a clear trend towards year-round tourism.

The Girona region and its Costa Brava and Pirineu de Girona brands registered 4,645,763 foreign tourists in 2015 (up 3.32% from 2014) and 18.9 million overnight stays (2.83% more than in 2014), excluding those in tourist apartments.