February was another great month for tourism in Spain with the number of overnight stays increasing to 16.3 million, an increase of 12.4%, when compared to the same month in 2015.
Hotels reported an average cost per night of 76.6 Euros, representing an annual increase of 7.9%.
The increase in overnight stays applies to both Spanish residents and non-residents with increases of 11.2% and 13.3% respectively. The average length of a stay was unchanged when compared to the previous year, standing at 2.9 nights per traveller.
Cumulatively, the first two months of 2016 showed an increase of 10.4% over the previous year.
Andalucia topped the list of most popular destinations with Spanish resident travellers with an increase of 15.1% in the number of overnight stays in the region. Madrid followed closely with a 13.3% increase while Valencia and Catalonia also managed significant increases registering increases of 14.2% and 11.1% respectively.
For non-residents the first choice destination was the Canary Islands who claimed 51.1% of all overnight stays, an increase of 10.6%. Following in second place, but quite some way behind, was Catalonia who recorded 14.7% of the total overnight stays, an increase of 17.2% over the same period last year. Andalucia was next with a 10.3% increase, representing 11.9% of the total overnight stays during February.
Hotels reported 49.1% occupancy for February, showing an annual increase of 7.6%. When looking at only the weekends, occupancy increased 6.4% ending the month with an average of 57.2% occupancy.
Hoteliers on the Canary Islands recorded the highest occupancy rates for the month with 77.9%, closely followed by Madrid and the Balearic Islands, with 53.4% and 48.9% respectively.
Within the islands, Gran Canaria reported the highest rates with 83.3% occupancy by number of available places, while Tenerife recorded the highest weekend occupancy, interestingly also 83.3%. The highest number of overnight stays on the islands was Tenerife with more than 2 million overnight stays recorded during February.
Travellers by Origin
The UK remained the largest source of travellers for February accounting for 23.8% of tourists, a massive 22.0% increase over last year. The Germans followed closely with 20.4% of travellers arriving from Germany, an increase of 2.3%.
Other European countries also saw an increase in travellers to Spain. French travellers increased 9.7%, Swedish by 16.6% while the number of Italian travellers increased 16.7%.
The increase in traveller numbers is great news for the hotel industry. The daily average price charged per occupied room was 76.6 Euros during February, representing an increase of 7.9% over the same period last year.
When looking at the hotels by category, the average turnover per occupied room was 171.2 Euros in a five-star hotel, with averages of 80.7 Euros for four-star, and 57.9 Euros for three-star. By number of available rooms, the average turnovers for five, four and three-star hotels were 111 Euros, 53.7 Euros and 33.8 Euros, respectively.