Non-hotel accommodation exceeds pre-pandemic figures in summer

Non-hotel accommodation (apartments, campsites, rural houses and hostels) recorded 21.8 million overnight stays last July, the 36.8% more than a year before and two million above those of that month of 2019, before the pandemic. As has been the case since the beginning of 2021, prices continue to rise: 12.6% in the case of apartments, which are advancing at rates above 10%, with some isolated episodes of lower growth; 5.5% in campsites and 7.1% in rural houses.

According to the survey released this Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the strong growth in overnight stays is explained by the pull of international demand, which rose 135.8%, while nights spent by residents fell 1.1%, although they are still more numerous than those (11.4 million compared to just over 10.5 million). The rise in international flights is explained, above all, because they started from a very low base last year, still very affected by the limitations and restrictions on travel in the different countries as a result of the covid.

The British, the first emitter, but do not reach the level of 2019

Stays in tourist apartments increased by 52% in July in number of nights, up to 9.92 million nights, at levels similar to those of 2019. It is also similar to that of then the distribution between residents and non-residentssince around two thirds of the total are foreigners, although in this case the increase over the year 2021 was 163.2% while nationals fell 8.7%.

More than 1.8 million non-residents came from the United Kingdom, the first issuer, followed by France, with 735,493. The British still do not reach 2.3 million in July 2019, but the Gauls are already more than three years ago. Canary Islands is the preferred destination in apartments, with more than 2.3 million overnight stays, very close to the 2.5 million three years ago. In July, 51.5% of the places offered by tourist apartments were occupied, which at the weekend rose to 53.1%, figures similar to those prior to covid. The maximum occupancy was in the Balearic Islands, with 77.3% and a peak of 86.7% in Ibiza-Formentera.

Two million more in campsites

The nights spent in the campsites rose 26.9% in July over a year earlier, to 9.05 million, more than two million more than July 2019. Those of residents grew 1.9% and those of foreigners doubled. In this case, the average increase over last year is somewhat more moderate than in apartments because these establishments withstood the worst moments of the pandemic better since they are associated with nature and not closed spaces.

The Canary Islands were also the preferred destination, with more than 4.3 million nights and the highest occupancy rate was recorded by the Basque Country, with 70.2% of the plots offered. In the rural accommodation overnight stays rose 5.1% in July (up to 1.79 million), a more moderate rate also because the figures for 2021 were not so low given that these types of establishments are also identified with nature, the most sought-after destinations in the pandemic.

In this case, the Balearic Islands was the preferred destination, with 224,211 overnight stays (23% more than a year before) and also the one with the highest occupancy rate (69.1% of the places offered). In July, more than 1.1 million overnight stays in hostels, which represents an annual increase of 78%. Overnight stays in all Spanish collective tourist accommodation, including hotels, totaled 64.24 million in July, 51.7% more than a year earlier, but almost 5 million less than in July 2019. Of the total nights, 75% was consumed in hotels


Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.

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