Hotel stays down 3.5% in March

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Hotel stays down in March

The National Statistics Institute (INE) have released figures showing that overnight stays in Spanish hotels decreased 3.5% in March, as compared with the same month in 2011.

The hotels earned an average of 33.4 euros per available room and invoiced an average of 66.9 euros per occupied room.

During the month of March, 17.4 million overnight stays were recorded in hotel establishments, indicating a 3.5% decreases as compared with the same month in 2011. This decrease in overnight stays took place for both residents, whose interannual rate stood at –3.1%, and non-residents, with an interannual variation of –3.8%.

The average stay decreased 3.0% as compared with March 2011, standing at 3.0 nights per guest.

During the first quarter of the year, overnight decreased 0.7% as compared with the same period in 2011.

In turn, the Hotel Price Index (HPI) registered a 0.3% decrease in March. Regarding the indicators on the profitability of the hotel sector, invoicing per occupied room reached an average value of 66.9 euros, and income per available room stood at 33.4 euros.

In terms of occupancy, 44.6% of the available bedplaces were filled in March, indicating a 3.8% decrease as compared with the same month the previous year. The weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces stood at 49.3%, with a decrease of 7.7%.

Overnight stays of guests resident abroad

Guests from Germany and the United Kingdom registered rates of 27.7% and 20.9%, respectively, of the total overnight stays by foreign nationals in March. The German market experienced a 4.0% interannual decrease in overnight stays, while the British market registered a 2.1% increase.

Overnight stays of guests from France, Italy and Sweden (the following countries of origin) registered interannual rates of –8.3%, –23.3% and –1.7%, respectively.

Main destinations

The main destination chosen by non-residents was Canarias. In this Autonomous Community, overnight stays by foreign nationals decreased 7.2% as compared with March 2011. It was followed by Cataluña, with an interannual rate of 5.9%, and Andalucía, with an increase of 0.9%.

Andalucía, Comunitat Valenciana and Cataluña were the main destinations of guests resident in Spain, with interannual rates for overnight stays of –4.1%, –1.6% and –5.3%, respectively.

Results by Autonomous Community, tourist area and tourist site

During the month of March, Canarias was the Autonomous Community with the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (70.1%), followed by Illes Balears (55.2%) and Comunitat Valenciana (47.2%).

The tourist areas with the highest occupancy and overnight stay rates were located on the islands and the coasts. The south of Gran Canaria recorded the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (75.6%), while La Gomera registered the highest weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces (75.5%). Tenerife registered more than 1.9 million overnight stays in March.

The tourist sites with the highest number of overnight stays were Madrid, Barcelona and San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Mogán reached the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (78.2%) and Puerto de Santa Cruz the highest weekend occupancy (80.4%).

Indicators on the Profitability of the Hotel Sector

The average invoicing by hotels per occupied room (ADR) in March was 66.9 euros, indicating a decrease of 0.1 euros as compared with the same month in 2011.

In turn, income per available room (RevPAR), conditioned by the occupancy registered in the hotel establishments, reached 33.4 euros, with a decrease of 1.9 euros as compared with March 2011.

By category, the average invoicing was 144.6 euros for five-star hotels, 72.4 euros for fourstar hotels and 51.9 euros for three-star hotels. Income per available room for these same categories was 75.3, 43.4 and 28.7 euros, respectively.

You can find the full press release here: Hotel Tourism Short-Term Trends – March 2012.