Non-hotel overnight stays grow 21.6% and exceed pre-covid figures


The overnight stays in non-hotel accommodation (apartments, campsites, rural houses and hostels) rose by 21.6% in September, up to 12.86 millionso that they exceed half a million those registered in that same month of 2019, before the pandemic.

According to the survey published this Monday by the National Statistics Institute (INE)the increase over the previous year is explained by the vigorous rate of arrivals of non-resident travellers, who totaled 7.2 million nights, 56.6% over twelve months before, although they are 400,000 below those registered in pre-covid times

Meanwhile, the nights consumed by residents in these establishments fell by 5.2% compared to September 2021, to 5.67 million, but above the 4.7 million in that month of 2019.

The apartments became more expensive almost 10%

The prices of tourist apartments rose 9.9% over the previous year; those of the campsites did so by 5%, and those of the rural houses by 7.2%. Between January and September overnight stays increased 61.4% over those months last year, and in the period as a whole they are above those of 2019 both in campsites, and in rural houses and hostels. They are only lower in tourist apartments.

The average stay was 4.1 nights per traveler, somewhat below the 4.7 recorded before covid. Overnight stays in tourist apartments increased by 34.4% in September compared to the same month of the previous year, with a fall of 7.6% in those of nationals and a rise of 73.3% among foreigners.

37.6% of the places offered were occupied and 41.3% on weekends. Non-residents accounted for 66.8% of the nights spent in apartments, with the United Kingdom as the main emitter (1.6 million nights), followed by Germany (almost 602,000).

Canarias was the preferred destination in these accommodations, with more than 1.9 million overnight stays and an increase of 45.2% compared to September 2021, although the highest occupancy was in Madrid, with 82.9% of the apartments offered.

Germans prefer camping

The nights spent in campes rose 7.5% in September, with a rise of 25.8% in that of international tourists and a cut of 3.5% among domestic tourists. Occupancy stood at 40.9% on average, rising to 42.8% on weekends. 43.9% of overnight stays in campsites were made by non-resident travellers, with Germany as the main issuer (23% of the total). Catalonia was the preferred destination in these accommodationswith more than 1.9 million overnight stays (more than 800,000 on the Costa Brava), and the highest occupancy rate was recorded in La Rioja, with 59.9% of the plots offered.

The accommodations in rural houses fell 0.2% in September, with a decrease of 8.3% among residents and a rise of 22% among foreign tourists. The Balearic Islands is the most chosen destination in these houses, with 204,272 overnight stays, 19.8% more than in September 2021, and also registers the highest occupancy rate, with 65.7% of the places offered.

In September 651,019 overnight stays in shelters are recorded, which represents an annual increase of 59%. Those of residents increased by 12.4% and those of non-residents, by 119.3%. In the whole of Spanish collective tourist accommodation (adding hotels to non-hotel accommodation) overnight stays rose 34.6% in September in the annual rate, to 48.8 million, still below the almost 50 million pre-pandemic. Those of foreigners rose by 68.5% (31.1 million) and those of residents fell by 0.6% (17.7 million).


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