Hotel stays up 0.4% in May

Hotels stays up slightly in May
Hotels stays up slightly in May

The National Institute of Statistics have released figures showing the number of hotel stays in May increased by 0.4% compared to the same month last year.

During the month hotels earned 34.3 euros per available room with the average bill per occupied room being 64.5 euros.

Hotel Tourism Short-Term Trends – May 2012

During the month of May, 24.7 million overnight stays were recorded in hotel establishments, indicating a 0.4% increase as compared with the same month in 2011. Overnight stays for residents decreases 5.6%, while for non-residents experienced an increase of 3.5%.

The average stay increased 0.8% as compared with April 2011, standing at 3.2 nights per guest.

During the first five months of the year, overnight decreased 1.4% as compared with the same period in 2011.

In turn, the Hotel Price Index (HPI) registered a 0.7% decrease in May. Regarding the indicators on the profitability of the hotel sector, invoicing per occupied room reached an average value of 64.5 euros, and income per available room stood at 34.3 euros.

In terms of occupancy, 48.6% of the available bedplaces were filled in May, indicating a 0.1% decrease as compared with the same month the previous year. The weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces stood at 54.9%, with an increase of 0.3%.

Overnight stays of guests resident abroad

Guests from the United Kingdom and Germany registered rates of 28.4% and 26.3%, respectively, of the total overnight stays by foreign nationals in May. The British market experienced a 7.8% increase and the German market experienced a 1.7% interannual increase in overnight stays.

Overnight stays of guests from France, Netherlands and Russia (the following countries of origin) registered interannual rates of 7.1 %, 0.9% and 32.9%, respectively.

Main destinations

The main destination chosen by non-residents was Illes Balears. In this Autonomous Community, overnight stays by foreign nationals increased 6.2% as compared with May 2011. It was followed by Canarias, with an interannual rate of 1.9%, and Cataluña, with an increase of 5.8%.

Andalucía, Cataluña and Comunitat Valenciana were the main destinations of guests resident in Spain, with interannual rates for overnight stays of –7.8%, –1.8% and –1.9%, respectively.

Results by Autonomous Community, tourist area and tourist site

During the month of May, Illes Balears was the Autonomous Community with the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (61.2%), followed by Canarias (57.3%) and Comunidad de Madrid (53.9%).

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 (70.4%) and the highest weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces (79.5%). Mallorca registered more than 4.7 million overnight stays in May.

The tourist sites with the highest number of overnight stays were Barcelona, Madrid and Calvia. Benidorm reached the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (74.1%) and the highest weekend occupancy (81.4%).

You can see the full report here: Hotel Tourism Short-Term Trends – May 2012

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