Spain’s tourism industry appears to be on the road to recovery after the government announced that another 134,903 people had been registered as social security affiliates in the sector for September.
The figures which were published on Tuesday by Turespaña, show that there has now been a 6% increase in the same month in 2020 with September the fourth consecutive month in a row to see a positive increase.
The number of social security affiliates within the tourism industry now represents 12.2% of the employment market with a total of 2,365,731 people currently registered.
Almost all branches of tourism saw a positive rise in numbers. The hotel industry increased by 101,253 affiliates (55,934 in food and beverage services and 45,319 in accommodation services); other tourist activities increased by 35,712 affiliates, while in travel agencies there was a decrease of 2,062 workers.
The number of salaried workers within the sector, which represents 79.3% of the total, grew by 7.4% year-on-year with self-employment up by 1%.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, was upbeat about the data saying that "the trend of growth in tourism employment and its dynamism is consolidated, which indicates that the recovery of tourism is underway and will be completed in 2022.
“It is also a recovery that is taking place with workers affected by ERTEs that have been substantially reduced, although the incentives are maintained until the end of February 2022 to provide security and certainty to workers and self-employed who still need the protection network. ERTEs and the provision to the self-employed have been a lifesaver for the tourism sector".
Employment by Autonomous Region
All of Spain’s autonomous regions saw a positive increase in September including employment in the hospitality and travel agency/tour operator groups.
Andalucia enjoyed the biggest rise with 26,078 new affiliate registrations. This was followed by the Balearic Islands (+19,944), Catalonia (+12,861) and the Valencian Community (+12,778).
The news follows a recent announcement that Spain had recovered more than half of its pre-covid international tourists in September.
More than 5 million people visited the country in September compared to 9.7 million in the same month of 2019. It also represented a rise of 437% in the same month in 2020.
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