The Spanish tourism sector sees employment growth of 6.5% from 2022

Between July and September 2023, an additional 180,604 people were gainfully employed in tourism-related positions, a notable increase compared to the same quarter of the previous year, as reported on

Several Autonomous Communities recorded significant employment growth this quarter, including Catalonia (513,831), Madrid (424,390), the Valencian Community (297,481) and the Canary Islands (267,801).

Notably, the unemployment rate for this quarter was 8.1%, down 0.4% compared to the second quarter of this year and down compared to the same quarter in 2022.

Hector Gomez, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, stated:

“We continue to transform the material employment conditions associated with tourism: more employed, more paid, more permanent contracts and more full-time jobs: in short, more and better jobs to strengthen the social nature of tourism.”

Compared to the second quarter of 2023, the increase in the third quarter was most visible among working people. In addition, the number of contract workers and people with long-term employment contracts has increased. Nevertheless, compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of people employed under a fixed-term employment contract and self-employed persons decreased.

Gomez emphasized that the increase in the number of people employed on permanent contracts is a key moment in the annals of the Spanish tourism sector.

Moreover, key segments of the travel industry experienced growth during this period, including:

  • The hospitality sector, which recorded an impressive growth of 7.7%.
  • Food services, showing a significant increase of 7.9%.
  • Accommodation services, recording solid growth.
  • Passenger transport, which recorded a remarkable growth of 10.9 percent.

Overall, the Spanish tourism sector has experienced significant growth. The latest data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) showed that tourists in Spain enjoyed an additional two million overnight stays in September 2023 compared to the same month the previous year.


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