Asturians still travel 26% less than before the pandemic


Madrid/Oviedo (EFE).- Asturians made 1,740,949 trips in the first half of the year, which represents an increase of 64.9% compared to the same period last year, but 26 .2% less than in the first half of 2019, before the pandemic.

According to data released this Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), only in the second quarter did Asturians make 1,049,554 trips, 52.2% more than in the same period of 2021, although 19% less than in 2019.

Between April and June, Asturians made 1,051 trips per thousand inhabitants, the fifth highest rate in the country after the Community of Madrid, Aragon, La Rioja and Catalonia.

A daily expense of 78 euros

Moreover, the average daily expenditure on these journeys was 78 euros, identical to the national average.

With this, the total expenditure made by Asturians on these trips amounted to 316.3 million euros, twice as much as in the same period last year and 29.1% more than in 2019, before the pandemic.

Asturias was the fourteenth destination of trips by residents in Spain in the second quarter, with 960,123 trips that left a total expenditure of 257.3 million euros in the community.

Spending by Spaniards, above the pre-covid level

INE statistics show that the average daily expenditure of Spaniards when traveling within the country amounted to 69 euros in the second quarter of the year, 28.5% more than the previous year and 17 % more than pre-covid levels.

This growth explains why in the second quarter, the total expenditure of Spaniards on trips (11,657 million euros) was already higher than the values ​​before the pandemic (11,430 million) although in number of movements (44.6 million) they are still five million below.

The increase in average daily expenditure -a good indicator of the quality of tourism- within the country contrasts with the drop recorded in international travel, in which this value fell from 137 euros in the second quarter of 2019 to 118 euros in this period this year, although it increased by 38.2% compared to last year.

El Prat-Barcelona airport. EFE/Alejandro Garcia/File.

With 5 million trips less than in 2019

In the second quarter of the year, Spaniards made 44.6 million trips (30.2% compared to 2021), although five million remain to reach pre-Covid volumes.

91.8% of trips have national territory as their main destination (22.1% more than in April-June 2021).

However, trips abroad (8.2% of the total) increased much more, almost 400%. Before the pandemic, they represented about 10% of the total.

Average daily spend was €69 for travel to domestic destinations (an increase of 28.5% compared to 2021 and 17% compared to 2019).

In trips abroad, the measured daily expenditure was placed at 118 euros (38.2% more than last year but far from the 137 euros three years ago).

Total travel spend in the second quarter was €11.6571 million, up 115.7% from a year earlier, with increases of 75.4% in domestic travel and 478% in international travel. ECE

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