The residents in Spain made 29.2 million trips in the first quarter of this year, representing a record drop in the statistical series of the 30.2% Regarding the same period of 2019, as reported by the National Statistics Institute (INE) this Monday. The health crisis of the coronavirus has been to blame for these figures, and also that in these first three months of the year spending has been cut by 22.6% to 6,441 million euros, an unprecedented drop.
In the fall, the confinement derived from Covid-19 has been decisive, which affected this quarter the second half of March. In those 15 days, the INE specifies that 370,000 trips were made by residents of Spain, compared to 8.5 million in the same period of 2019pick up Servimedia.
By destinations, 89.7% of the trips stayed in the national territory, with a decrease of 30.7% compared to the first quarter of last year. On the other hand, trips abroad, which represent 10.3% of the total, decreased by 25.2%. And in regards to Visiting trips to family or friends, which are the main reason for 41% of those carried out in the first quarter, decreased by 26.4%.
For their part, leisure, recreation and holidays, which represent 40.6% of the total, register an annual decrease of 36.2%. The business trips and other professional reasons decrease by 15.2%. In internal trips during the first quarter, the main reasons are visits to family or friends (42.2% of the total) and leisure (39.1%).
In 48.0% of trips with an internal destination, residents stay in the homes of family or friends. More than 12.5 million trips use this type of accommodation, with an annual decrease of 26.3%. In foreign travel, hotel accommodation is the preferred option (48.0% of trips). This type of accommodation registered a decrease of 31.8% compared to the first quarter of 2019.
Regarding spending on these trips, the INE explains that it experienced an unprecedented drop between January and March. On trips to a national destination, total spending fell by 24.3% and on trips abroad, 19.1%. Likewise, according to Statistics, the average daily expenditure stands at 54 euros on trips to a domestic destination and 98 euros on trips abroad.
On internal travel, the spending on bars and restaurants, which represents the highest percentage of total spending (25.3%), decreased by 28.8% compared to the first quarter of 2019. In foreign travel, transportation spending represents 36.3% of the total, with a annual decrease of 15.4%.
By Autonomous Communities of main destination, the highest average daily expenses were registered for trips to the Canary Islands and the Community of Madrid (75 euros), and the Basque Country (62). On the other hand, the lowest values are found in Castilla-La Mancha (36 euros), Castilla y León (43) and Principado de Asturias (44). However, if the analysis is made by region of origin, the highest average daily expenditure is made by residents in the Region of Murcia (78 euros), Catalonia (72) and the Canary Islands (69). On the contrary, the lowest occur in Castilla-La Mancha (49 euros), Castilla y León (50) and Extremadura (56).
HOW DO SPANIARDS TRAVEL?
Regarding the main type of transport used, the own vehicle concentrated 77.1% of the trips with internal destination, 33.4% less than in the same quarter of 2019. Air transport was used in 71.3% of trips abroad, with a decrease of 22.9%.
The main autonomous communities of destination for residents' trips in the first quarter of 2020 were Andalusia (17.2% of the total), Catalonia (12.9%) and the Community of Madrid (9.4%). If residents' internal trips are related to the destination population, the traveling phenomenon is more intense in Castilla y León (with 1,055 trips per 1,000 inhabitants), Aragón (1,043) and La Rioja (902).
The trips made by residents in Catalonia represent 17.5% of the total in the first quarter. Behind Andalusia (17.0%) and Community of Madrid (16.0%).
Eliminating the effect of the size of each community, the most travelers are residents in Aragon (761 trips per 1,000 inhabitants3), Castilla y León (742) and Comunidad Foral de Navarra (728). Conversely, the least travelers are residents of the Region of Murcia (404 trips per 1,000 inhabitants), the Canary Islands (478) and Galicia (563).
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