Hotel Bookings down 2.1% in August

Overnight stays in hotels in Spain registered a decline of 2.1% in August, despite the record increase in the number of foreign visitors. 40.8 million bookings were made in the eighth month of the year, which was 2.1% less than the same period of 2011, due to the fall in domestic demand.

The 3.5% rise in overnight stays by foreign tourists could not compensate for the 10% decrease in those made by residents, the National Statistics Institute reported on Monday.

Last month, the average stay was four nights per traveller, with a rise of 1.1%, despite the 0.8% annual increase in the Hotel Price Index, which took the revenue per occupied room to an average value of 84.6 euros (2.8 euros more than last year) and revenue per available room to 59.7 euros (0.4 euros more).

In August, 70.7% of the places available were booked, which was 2.6% less than a year earlier, while weekend occupancy was 72.6%, down 3.6%.

Foreign tourists accounted for 25.25 million of the overnight stays in August, compared with 15.56 million made by Spanish residents. The United Kingdom and Germany lead the ranking, with more than 12.5 million stays in August, making up 49.6% of the total, and Russia has now become the fifth source market, with a 29.7% increase in overnight stays, and 6.1% of the total.

El Pais reported that the Balearic Islands were confirmed as the main destination chosen by non-residents, with an increase of 4.5% compared to August 2011, followed by Catalonia (+6.4%) and the Canary Islands (+0.3%).

Travellers resident in Spain mostly chose to go to Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia, although these regions recorded year-on-year declines in overnight stays of 6.9%, 4.7% and 11.9%, respectively.

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