Hotel occupancy down in April

INENew figures released today by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) show that hotel occupancy was down in April by 4.8% compared to the same month in 2011.

Hotel Tourism Short-Term Trends – April 2012

During the month of April, 21.5 million overnight stays were recorded in hotel establishments, indicating a 4.8% decreases as compared with the same month in 2011. This decrease in overnight stays took place for both residents, whose interannual rate stood at –5.0%, and non-residents, with an interannual variation of –4.6%.

The average stay decreased 0.9% as compared with April 2011, standing at 3.0 nights per guest.

During the first quarter of the year, overnight decreased 2.1% as compared with the same period in 2011.

In turn, the Hotel Price Index (HPI) registered a 0.1% decrease in April. Regarding the indicators on the profitability of the hotel sector, invoicing per occupied room reached an average value of 68.1 euros, and income per available room stood at 36.8 euros.

In terms of occupancy, 49.9% of the available bedplaces were filled in April, indicating a 5.6% decrease as compared with the same month the previous year. The weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces stood at 56.3%, with a decrease of 2.4%.

Overnight stays of guests resident abroad

Guests from Germany and the United Kingdom registered rates of 24.6% and 20.8%, respectively, of the total overnight stays by foreign nationals in April. Both markets experienced a 9.3% and 6.8% interannual decrease in overnight stays, respectively.

Overnight stays of guests from France, Italy and Netherlands (the following countries of origin) registered interannual rates of 8.8 %, –9.3% and 12.5%, respectively.

Main destinations

The main destination chosen by non-residents was Canarias. In this Autonomous Community, overnight stays by foreign nationals decreased 10.1% as compared with April 2011. It was followed by Cataluña, with an interannual rate of 2.5%, and Illes Balears, with a decrease of 3.8%.

Andalucía, Cataluña and Comunitat Valenciana were the main destinations of guests resident in Spain, with interannual rates for overnight stays of –3.0%, –4.2% and –0.3%, respectively.

Results by Autonomous Community, tourist area and tourist site

During the month of April, Canarias was the Autonomous Community with the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (63.7%), followed by Illes Balears (59.0%) and Comunidad de Madrid (55.5%).

The tourist areas with the highest occupancy and overnight stay rates were located on the islands and the coasts. The zone of Barcelona recorded the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (74.7%) and the highest weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces (78.7%). Mallorca registered more than 2.2 million overnight stays in April.

The tourist sites with the highest number of overnight stays were Barcelona, Madrid and Benidorm. Barcelona reached the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (75.1%) and Benidorm the highest weekend occupancy (85.0%).

Evolution of the Hotel Price Index

The interannual rate of the HPI stood at –0.1% in April, this rate being 0.2 points higher than that obtained last month, and 0.3 points that registered one year ago.

HPI by Autonomous Community

The four Communities (Canarias, Cataluña, Andalucía and Comunidad de Madrid) that carried 67.9% of the total weight of the HPI in the month of April, showed uneven behaviour.

Canarias, which carried the greatest load in the weighting structure this month, presented an interannual rate of 0.2%, that is, 3.0 points lower than that estimated in March. Hotel prices experienced an increase of 3.7% in Cataluña, as compared with 0.4% of the previous month.

In Andalucía, the interannual variation was 0.1%, as compared with the –2.5% observed last month. Comunidad de Madrid presented an interannual variation of –3.9%, that is, 0.6 points less than March.

HPI by category

Hotel prices increased in five-gold-star hotels (1.0%), in three-gold-star hotels (0.2%) and in one-gold-star hotels (0.1%) in April.

All other category presented a decrease in the interannual rate: three and two-silver-star hotels (–2.2%), two-gold-star (–1.1%), one-silver-star (–0.7%), and four-gold-star hotels (–0.2%).

Indicators on the Profitability of the Hotel Sector

The average invoicing by hotels per occupied room (ADR) in April was 68.1 euros, indicating a decrease of 1.1 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 36.8 euros, with a decrease of one euro as compared with April 2011.

By category, the average invoicing was 152.3 euros for five-star hotels, 73.3 euros for fourstar hotels and 53.3 euros for three-star hotels. Income per available room for these same categories was 88.2, 46.4 and 31.2 euros, respectively.

You can download the full press release here: Hotel Tourism Short-Term Trends – April 2012