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Outdoor tourism in Spain: record-breaking travellers and overnight stays in campsites in 2023


In Spain, the camping segment has emerged as a major player in tourism over the past year. This is confirmed by data from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) – reported by the Federation of Spanish Campsites (FEEC) – which reveals that in 2023, the sector nearly reached the figure of 10 million travelers (9,949,290), a historic milestone considering that in 2014, it barely reached 6 million.

These are the result of the sector’s steady growth over the past 10 years, certainly aided by the acceleration due to the pandemic, which contributed to making the benefits of an outdoor vacation known and appreciated but has been consolidated over time. Thus, year after year, Spanish campsites have seen both overnight stays and arrivals of national and international travelers increase, leading to extraordinary results in 2023.

In the last year, the increase in the number of travelers was 4.7% compared to 2022, 19.8% compared to 2019 (the last pre-Covid year) and 57.1% compared to 10 years ago. Regarding overnight stays, in 2023, the threshold of 47,286,000 was exceeded, registering an increase of 46.4% compared to 2014, 16.1% compared to 2019, and 5.3% compared to 2022.

Campsites emerge as key players in the Spanish economy

These numbers have also contributed to strengthening the position of companies in the sector within the overall framework of the Spanish tourism industry and economy. Today, campsites not only make a significant contribution to the national GDP, but have also solidified their presence in tourism organizations and government institutions, as well as in major national and international tourism fairs.

The 2023 data is the definitive proof that the sector already has an undeniable and unstoppable weight within national tourism,” said Ana Beriaín, president of FEEC. “It has been decades of continuous effort and work to demonstrate what we entrepreneurs in the sector are capable of. But we are not satisfied. We will continue to grow and convince thousands of families who have never crossed the threshold of one of our facilities to discover what almost 10 million people appreciated last year“.

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