International tourists visiting the Canary Islands during 2011 spent a total of €10.119 million last year (2011), representing a 13.1% increase, according to figures from the Tourism Expenditure Survey (Egatur) prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism which was published on Monday.
The average expenditure per tourist stood at €993 euros in 2011, a figure which, despite being higher than the national average (€934) is 4.4% below the same amount in 2010. Meanwhile, the average daily spending last year increased by 1% to €100.
Nationally, international tourists spent a total of €52.796 million in Spain during 2011, representing a 7.9% increase. The National average expenditure per tourist stood at €934 euros in 2011, 0.2% higher than the same period in 2010, while average daily spending rose by 4.6% to €102.
UK and Germany lead the total expenditure of €10.377 million and €8.669 million respectively. Tourists from Scandinavia and France increased their spending the most, with increases of 10.1% and 12.8% respectively.
In December 2011, foreign tourism spending increased by 5.2% to €2.811 million. Markets that have contributed to the growth of spending during December 2011 were Japan, United Kingdom, the Nordic countries and Switzerland. The increased spending in December was carried out by British tourists who spent €472.3 million (+8.5%), accounting for 16.8% of total amount, followed by German tourists, who spent €375 million euros, 3.2% less than in December 2010.