- 2022 tourism revenues had been 2.1% beneath 2019 degree
- 2023 forecast may see tourism account for 12.2% of GDP
MADRID, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Income from tourism corporations in Spain is prone to be 4.7% greater this 12 months than in 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the sector, trade group Exceltur stated on Tuesday.
Even with uncertainties over the struggle in Ukraine and inflation, that’s the first time Spain’s motels, resorts, transport corporations, automobile leases and leisure companies have forecast higher mixed gross sales than earlier than the pandemic, based mostly on the bookings they’re registering.
“The image is hopeful,” Exceltur Vice President Jose Luis Zoreda informed a press convention.
“It appears that evidently the will to journey has prevailed and a few companies are telling us that customers would somewhat cease shopping for a shirt or an equipment than cease touring.”
The group stated it made its forecast for 2023 based mostly on a survey of some 2,000 companies as much as Jan. 5.
Regardless of a rebound in 2022 after two years of contraction brought on by journey restrictions, general income from tourism corporations in Spain was nonetheless 2.1% beneath 2019 ranges, Exceltur stated.
The sector’s restoration final 12 months was combined. As an example, whereas revenues for vacation motels had been up 7% from pre-pandemic ranges, transport corporations nonetheless bought 5% lower than in 2019.
Tourism corporations on common had been capable of improve costs by 6.6% final 12 months, although they noticed decreased margins as a consequence of rising power prices and wage will increase, in keeping with the survey.
Spain’s tourism trade is benefiting from a rise within the variety of guests from central Europe and Mexico.
Corporations at the moment are betting the complete return of American and British vacationers will bolster the restoration, even with out relying on the return of Asian travellers.
If the forecast is realised, the tourism trade would signify about 12.2% of Spain’s gross home product. Nevertheless, that might be down from 12.6% in 2019.
Reporting by Inti Landauro and Corina Pons
Enhancing by Kirsten Donovan and Mark Potter
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