Overnight stays in Spanish hotels increased 1.6% in the first seven months of the year compared to the same period of 2018, according to data released Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
In July alone, Spanish hotels registered more than 43.2 million overnight stays, which is 1.1% more than in the same month of 2018.
It is the fourth consecutive month in which hotel overnight stays increase. The interannual progress of July was 1.5 points lower than that of June, when overnight stays increased 2.6%.
The interannual increase in overnight stays in July is due to a 4.7% increase in overnight stays by Spaniards, since those made by foreigners fell 0.6%.
The average stay decreased 2.1% in the seventh month of the year compared to the same month of 2018, standing at 3.6 overnight stays per traveler.
In July, 71% of the places offered were filled, 0.2% more than in the same month of 2018, while the degree of occupancy by places at the weekend also increased 0.2%, to stand at 75.9%
HOTELS BILL 1.7% MORE
The annual rate of the Hotel Price Index (IPH) stood at 1.1% in July, which is 2.2 points less than that of the previous month and a half point below that registered a year ago.
The average daily turnover of the hotels for each room occupied (ADR) was 102.8 euros in July, which represents an increase of 1.7% compared to the same month of 2018, while the average daily income per available room ( RevPAR), conditioned by the occupation registered in hotel establishments, reached 76.9 euros, with a year-on-year increase of 2.5%.
By categories, the average turnover is 212 euros for five-star hotels, 111.5 euros for four-star hotels and 88.2 euros for three-star hotels. The income per available room for these same categories are 162.3 euros, 91.3 euros and 69.3 euros, respectively.
PRICES FALL IN VALENCIAN COMMUNITY
By Autonomous Communities, the highest increases in hotel prices at an annual rate are recorded in Navarra (+ 7.5%) and Cantabria (+ 5.6%), while the largest decrease occurs in the Valencian Community (-1.5% ).
Andalusia, the Valencian Community and Catalonia are the main destinations of travelers resident in Spain in July, with annual rates of variation in the number of overnight stays of 6%, 5.6% and 3.1%, respectively.
The main destination chosen by non-resident travelers is the Balearic Islands, with 34.7% of the total overnight stays. In this community, overnight stays by foreigners fell 1.6% compared to July 2018.
The following main destinations for non-residents are Catalonia, with 21.5% of the total overnight stays and an increase of 2.4%, and the Canary Islands, with 18.1% of the total and a decrease of 4.4%.
GREATER OCCUPATION IN BALEARIC
Regarding the occupation, the Balearic Islands have the highest occupancy rate by places in July (87.1%), followed by the Canary Islands (77.7%) and the Valencian Community (74.2%). On the opposite side are Castilla-La Mancha (33.5%), Extremadura (38.4%) and Castilla y León (43.8%).
By tourist areas, Palma-Calvià reached both the highest occupancy rate by places (88.5%) and the highest weekend occupancy (89.3%). The Island of Mallorca registered the highest number of overnight stays, with 7.9 million.
The tourist spots with the most overnight stays are Barcelona, Madrid and Calvià. Santa Margalida has the highest occupancy rate by places (92.4%) and Palma de Mallorca the highest weekend occupancy (90.8%).
By countries of origin, travelers from the United Kingdom and Germany account for 25.5% and 17.4% of the total overnight stays of non-residents in hotel establishments in July. The British market grew 1.2%, while the German fell 11.8%.
Overnight stays of travelers from France, Italy and the Netherlands registered annual rates of -1.3%, 7.3% and -2.8% in July, respectively.