Hotel overnight stays shoot up 17% in May and exceed the pre-Covid level


The National Institute of Statistics (INE) has shed more light on the recovery of the economy with data on overnight stays in hotel establishments in Spain. Thus, during the first five months of the year, the figure shot up 17.2% during the first five months of 2023, exceeding those registered during pre-coronavirus levels. In addition, they show how prices have also registered double-digit increases in many autonomous communities.

This increase in the number of overnight stays allowed hotel billing in our country to stand at an average of 102.9 euros per occupied room, 8.2% more than the same month of the previous year. During the month of May, overnight stays in Spanish hotel establishments exceeded 32.4 million, which represents an increase of 8.8% compared to the same month in 2022, when there were 29.7 million. In addition, they are higher than those of the same month of 2019.

Considering the origin of the travelers, those made by travelers residing in Spain exceeded 9.7 million, which represents 30.1% of the total. for his partthose of non-residents stood at over 22.6 million. According to data from the statistical institute collected by Europa Press, the average stay increased by 1.4% compared to May 2022, standing at 3 overnight stays per traveller.

The figures by CCAA

Andalusia, Catalonia and the Valencian Community were the main destinations for travelers residing in Spain in May, with 20.4%, 14.8% and 12.4% of the total overnight stays, respectively. For their part, the main destination chosen by non-residents was one more month the Balearic Islands with 30% of the total overnight stays. The next destinations were the Canary Islands and Catalonia, with 19.5% and 18.7% of the total, respectively.

In May, 57.6% of the places offered were covered, with an annual increase of 5.4%. The occupancy rate by bedplaces at the weekend rose 0.7% and stood at 64.2%. The Balearic Islands presented the highest degree of occupancy by beds (67%), followed by the Canary Islands, with 64.7%.

By tourist areas, Barcelona reached the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (73.5%), while Gipuzkoa coast presents the highest degree of occupancy on weekends (79.3%). Isla de Mallorca registered the highest number of overnight stays in May, with a total of 5.6 million.

The INE data show how tourist spots with the highest number of overnight stays last month were Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Calvia. Santanyí presents the highest occupancy rate by beds (87.5%) and the highest occupancy on weekends (89.2%).

British and German in the lead

Travelers from the United Kingdom and Germany concentrated 28.1% and 18.6%, respectively, of the total overnight stays of non-residents in hotel establishments in May. Overnight stays of travelers from France, the Netherlands and the United States (the following source markets) accounted for 9.8%, 4.7% and 4.5% of the total, respectively.

The annual rate ofl Hotel Price Index (IPH) It stood, according to the statistical institute, at 9.4%, which is 12.8 points less than that registered in the same month of 2022, and 0.1 points more than that registered last month The biggest increases in hotel prices Compared to May 2022, they occurred in the autonomous city of Melilla (12.8%) and in the Balearic Islands (12.7%). On the contrary the smallest increase was registered in the autonomous city of Ceuta, with an annual variation rate of 1.3%. By category, the highest price increase occurred in establishments with three gold stars (12.9%).

8.2% increase in billing

The average daily billing of hotels for each occupied room (ADR) was around 103 euros in May, which represents an increase of 8.2% compared to the same month in 2022. For its part, the average daily income per available room (RevPAR), which is conditioned by the occupancy registered in hotel establishments, reached 68.6 euros, with a rise of 13.5%.

By category, average billing was 252.3 euros for five-star hotels, 105.8 euros for four-star hotels, and 80.8 euros for three-star hotels. Revenue per available room for these same categories stood at 170.2, 77.1 and 55.5 euros, respectively. The tourist spot with the highest ADR is Marbella, with an average daily billing per occupied room of 189.9 euros. On the other hand, Barcelona presents the highest RevPar, with income per available room of 155.7 euros

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