In Spain, 7% increase in overnight stays in rural houses and 4% in camps during July and August

In August, prices in rural houses increased by 5.1% and almost 4% in campsites

Rural tourism lodgings recorded a 7% increase in overnight stays in July and August, according to data released Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE), after showing a 6.6% increase last August .

The growth registered in August was higher among non-residents, an increase of 9.5%, than among residents, with a 5.6% increase in this type of accommodation.

Rural tourism accommodation accounted for 42.3% of vacancies in August, an increase of 1.9% over the same month in 2016. The level of occupation at the weekend stood at 53.2% , with an annual increase of 2.4%.

By communities, the Principality of Asturias is the preferred destination in July, with 303,981 overnight stays, 12.5% ​​more than in the same period of the previous year. The Balearic archipelago reaches the highest level of occupation, with 69.2% of the places offered.

By tourist areas, the island of Mallorca was the main destination, with 152,275 overnight stays, while the Guipúzcoa coast had the highest occupancy, with 82% of the total number of places offered.

On the other hand, the Rural Tourism Accommodation Price Index (IPTR) recorded an increase of 5.1% in August compared to the same month of 2016. The normal rate, which represents a 51.5% of the total, up 5.1% compared to August 2016.

4% MORE IN CAMPINGS.

The campings registered an increase of 4% more overnight stays in the aggregate period of July and August. Last month, the increase was 1.9% compared to August 2016. This growth is explained by a 2.6% increase in overnight stays by residents and 1% by non-residents.

During August, 57.3% of the plots were occupied, an improvement of 1.9%. At the weekend, the level of occupancy by weekend parcels reached 61.9%, an increase of 3.4%.

The Campus Price Index (IPAC) increased 3.9% year-on-year. The normal rate, which has the greatest weight in the August weighting structure (48.1%), increased by 2.1% compared to the same month of 2016.

38.3% of overnight stays in campsites are made by non-resident travelers. France is the main issuing market, with 34% of non-resident overnight stays, 3.9% more than in August 2016.

By communities, Catalonia is the preferred camping site with 5.3 million overnight stays, 5.2% more than in August 2016. La Rioja, with 79.7%, reaches the highest level of occupation of the parcels offered .

By tourist areas, the Costa Brava is the preferred destination, with more than two million overnight stays. The coast of Guipúzcoa reaches the highest occupancy, 75.4% of the plots offered, while the tourist spots with more overnight stays are Torroella de Montgrí, Calonge and Castelló d’Empúries.