Easter will have helped boost the March tourism figures. | Jaume Morey


Over the first three months of the year, the Balearics had 673,162 foreign tourists, an increase of 13% compared with the first quarter of 2017. In March, there were 401,356 foreign tourists, a rise of 23% over March last year. It might be noted that the final week of March, unlike last year, coincided with the Easter holidays.

The figures from the Frontur survey of foreign tourist movement show that the first-quarter increase was, in relative terms, the highest in the country. The national average was six per cent. Germany accounted for 56% of tourists; the UK for 16%.

Tourist spending over the first three months amounted to 663 million euros, an increase of 21%. In March, the spending was 400 million, which was 34% more. Average spend was up 9% to 995 euros based on an average length of stay of 6.9 days.

For Spain as a whole, there were 13.7 million foreign tourists during the first quarter and 5.4 million in March (up almost ten per cent over last year). Over the three months, the UK supplied 2.9 million tourists, a rise of 0.4%, followed by Germany with 1.9 million, an increase of eight per cent.

In absolute terms, the Canaries had the most foreign tourists between January and March - 3.7 million - followed by Catalonia with 3.1 million (up 3.4%) and Andalusia with 1.9 million.