More Tourists are Visiting Valencia Than Ever Before

According to the INE, the Valencian Community surpassed the number of tourists visiting this year for the first time since 2019.

In a noteworthy rebound, the Valencian Community proudly asserts its resurgence in the tourism arena, outstripping pre-pandemic figures for the first time since 2019, as revealed by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

The statistical panorama paints a vibrant picture for Valencia, showcasing a remarkable 5.9% growth in tourist arrivals, effectively transcending the thresholds set in 2019. This achievement positions Valencia alongside a select group of thriving regions, including the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and the Community of Madrid, that have triumphed over the challenges of the past four years.

Zooming out to the broader Spanish landscape, the nation welcomed a staggering close to 70 million tourists between January and September 2022. This registers an impressive 18.7% surge compared to the previous year, trailing only 0.65% behind the pre-pandemic figures of 2019. 

Within this surge, the Community of Madrid takes the lead with a remarkable 31.2% year-on-year increase, closely followed by Andalusia at 22.7%, Catalonia at 22.2%, and the Valencian Community claiming an impressive 20.4% uptick in tourist numbers.

Delving into the cumulative figures, Catalonia emerges as the frontrunner, welcoming 14.1 million visits this year. However, this figure still falls short by 9.4% when compared to the robust levels of 2019. Following suit, the Balearic Islands draw in 12.5 million visitors, exhibiting a commendable 3.3% growth beyond pre-pandemic benchmarks. 

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The Canary Islands secure the third spot with 9.9 million tourists, surpassing the levels of four years ago by 3.5%. Meanwhile, Andalusia, occupying the fourth position, greets 9.6 million visitors, a marginally lower figure of 47,000 travelers compared to the same period in 2019.

Turning the spotlight back to the Valencian Community, the region basks in the arrival of a staggering 8 million tourists, showcasing a robust 5.4% expansion from the pre-pandemic year. Notably, the Community of Madrid stands proud with 5.7 million tourists, exceeding the 2019 figures by a commendable 0.72%.

In the grand tapestry of Spanish tourism, Valencia emerges as a beacon of recovery, welcoming more tourists than ever before and reclaiming its status as a sought-after destination. As the tourism industry continues to gather momentum, Valencia stands resilient, enticing travelers with its rich cultural offerings, picturesque landscapes, and warm hospitality.

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