The month of July closed with 2.7 million Social Security affiliates linked to tourism, which represents a year-on-year growth of 5.6% and the creation of 143,524 new jobs, according to data from Turespaña.
Thus, July is the fourth consecutive month in which the number of affiliates is exceeded compared to July 2019 (2,617,860). In addition, the sector continues to lead the creation of employment in Spain, with 13.3% of total affiliates.
The Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, stressed that these “good data” reflect that tourism will be one of the sectors that “will contribute the most to job creation and economic recovery this year”.
For Maroto, inflation is not affecting the decision to travel and the measures adopted by the Government such as the fuel discount or the reduction in VAT on electricity are providing “a relief for many families.”
By branches of activity, the hotel industry gained 198,931 affiliates (122,530 in food and beverage services and 76,401 in accommodation services), while in travel agencies there was an increase of 5,203 workers. The set of other tourist activities registered a decrease of 60,610 workers.
In hotels and travel agencies/tour operators together, sectors that represent 70.3% of total activity, affiliates increased by 12% year-on-year . This increase was due both to the rise in wage earners (15%) and the self-employed (0.3%).
By autonomous communities, the number of people employed in tourism grew in all of them compared to last year. In absolute figures, the greatest increases occurred in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands , the Valencian Community and the Madrid Community. In relative terms, the interannual increase in the Balearic Islands (23.1%) and the Canary Islands (19.3%) stands out.