Residents in Spain made 29.3 million trips in the first quarter of the year, which represents a decrease of 30.2% compared to the same period of 2019, due to the health crisis and the declaration of a state of alarm, which limited freedom of movement since mid-March.
On these trips, Spaniards spent 22.6% less, up to 6,441 million euros, according to data from the Tourism Survey of Residents, prepared by the National Statistics Institute (INE), published this Monday.
The INE analyzes the data for months and weeks to better observe the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Spanish travel. Thus, for months, the decrease in travel was 7.3% in January, 10.5% in February and 69.6% in March, the month in which the state of alarm was declared in Spain.
If the number of trips per week is observed, the decrease is general in all the weeks of the quarter, but it is accentuated from the first week of March. In the second half of that month, travel fell almost 96%, with 370,000 trips, compared to 8.5 million in the same period of 2019. Spending plummeted by 92.1%.
Travel for health treatment accounted for 8.8% of the total between March 15 and 31, compared to 1.4% in 2019, while those made to visit family or friends, which include assistance to hospitals or by deaths, they represented 44.1% of the total (36.1% in 2019).
89.7% of the Spanish trips made during the first quarter had Spain as their main destination and 10.3% abroad. The former decreased by 30.7% compared to the first quarter of 2019, while the latter decreased by 25.2%.