The occupation of rural accommodation in Spain stands at 46% in August, which represents four percentage points more than last year, according to the EscapadaRural.com accommodation website that ensures that Navarra, Asturias and Andalusia, lead tourism reservations rural this month.
This fact indicates that this summer more tourists will choose rural establishments to enjoy their vacations, which demonstrates the structural change in the tourist positioning of Spain that begins to look beyond the traditional sun and beach tourism.
Visitors, especially nationals, are responding well to this tourism proposal which reflects stability or slight increase, according to several presidents of different rural tourism associations. «The expectations for the month of August are good. We expect to close August exceeding the figure achieved last year, after a few months of June and July somewhat weak,» said the president of the Tourism Cluster of Galicia, Cesáreo Pardal.
Of the same opinion is Jaime García, president of the Rural Accommodation Association of Asturias (ARCA), who qualifies the occupation forecast for this month as good. «August is a traditionally good month for rural tourism in Asturias and this year, in addition, time is accompanying us,» he says.
On the other hand, the rural accommodation in Catalonia is «quite full», pending the last minute reservations «that are increasingly accentuated».
Although occupational forecasts are encouraging, other representatives of rural tourism associations remain more cautious. The president of the Association of Rural Tourism of the North of Extremadura, Nacho Lozano points to a slight decrease in the number of reserves although he trusts in the last minute and points out the offer of «hydraulic resources in the area, both natural and swimming pools», as the most attractive and demanded for the rural traveler because «the first houses that are reserved are those that have pools or are close to these resources.»
NAVARRA, ASTURIAS AND ANDALUCÍA, LEADERS.
By autonomous communities Navarra (61%), Asturias (59%) and Andalusia (54%) lead the reservations for the month par excellence of tourism in our country. The ‘top 10’ of the forecast is completed by Catalonia (52%), Galicia (50%), Murcia, Cantabria and the Basque Country with 49%, Valencian Community (41%) and Aragon (40%).
At the tail are Castilla-La Mancha that reaches only 28% occupancy, a similar figure to that presented by La Rioja (29%), Madrid (32%) and Extremadura (35%).
Malaga is, in the case of the provinces, the one that will receive the most travelers in August when the occupation is 65%, followed closely by Pontevedra and Cádiz, with 64% and 63% respectively; Navarra (61%), Asturias and Córdoba with 59%, and Barcelona (57%). The last positions of the table are occupied by La Rioja (29%) Zaragoza (28%), Albacete (27%), Guadalajara (21%) and Cuenca (20%).