Data from the National Statistics Institute has revealed that the number of foreign tourists that visited Spain fell by 75% year-on-year in July as the coronavirus pandemic shaved tens of billions of euros off of the nation's usual income from the sector.
Spain, which usually the world's second-most visited country after France with some 80 million visitors a year, welcomed just 2.5 million foreigners in the normally brisk holiday month of July, the National Statistics Institute said.
Foreign holidaymakers spent €14.29 billion in Spain in the year to July, which was 73% below the €52.36 billion that they had spent by that point last year.
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Plunging custom for hotels, bars and other services enjoyed by tourists has contributed to ravaging an economy of which tourism usually makes up approximately 12%, as virus cases climbed past 460,000.
The Spanish government said this week that it expects a more than 10% rebound in the third quarter of the year after an 18.5% contraction in the second quarter.
UK residents remained the biggest group that visited Spain during the first seven months, despite a 77% year-on-year decrease in their numbers. In July, when London imposed a quarantine on people returning from Spain, France was the biggest market.