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Spending by international tourists in Catalonia during September reached 2.168 billion euros, 6.3% higher than the same month last year, according to provisional statistics published by the Spanish body INE (National Institute of Statistics) in their Encuesta de Gasto Turístico (Survey of Tourist Spending).

Translation: How much do tourists not resident in Spain spend? How long do their trips last? Compare between autonomous communities.

On average, visitors spent 1,089 euros per stay, 0.2% more than in September 2016. Per day, that was 185 euros, a 3.7% increase on last year because the average stay length dropped 3.4% to 5.9 days.

Catalonia is the Spanish territory which saw the greatest proportion of spending by foreign tourists in September, some 22.6% of the total, followed by the Balearic Islands (18.6%) and the Canary Islands (17.5%).

General increase in tourist spending around Spain

In Spain as a whole, international tourists spent 9.432 billion euros, a 12.3% increase with respect to September last year. The average spend per tourist was 1,068 euros, 0.8% more whilst average spending per day was 144 euros, 6.6% more. Stay lengths dropped around the country, however, to an average of 7.4 days, 5.5% less than in 2016.

The European countries which spent the most in September were the United Kingdom (20.7%), Germany (15.4%) and France (6.7%).

Increase over first nine months of the year

Over the period from January to September, foreign tourists have spent 15.799 billion euros in Catalonia, 12.2% more than the same period in 2016. In the whole of Spain, the figure was 69.892 billion euros, a 13.9% increase year-on-year.

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