Overnight stays in hotel establishments in Catalonia increased by 8.5% year-over-year for the month of December, 2016, according to the Hotel Occupancy Survey. The domestic tourist overnight stays decreased by 0.9%: Catalan travellers decreased by 1.8% while travellers from the rest of the State increased by 0.3%. Foreign tourism overnight stays increased by 15.0% year-over-year
By country of origin, tourists from France and Italy were those with more overnight stays in absolute terms (214.3 and 139.8 thousands respectively).
For tourism brands, overnight stays in Pirineus (28.2%) and Barcelona (14.8%) were the locations that presented the most increase.
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in hotel establishments rose by 10.46% year-over-year with increases in both domestic tourism (5,9%) and foreign tourism (14.8%).
In 2016, overnight stays in hotel establishments increased by 6.5% in Catalonia according to provisional data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey. Overnight stays by domestic tourists increased by 5.6% in comparison with the previous year (2.2% for Catalans and 9.9% from other parts of Spain), and foreign tourism increased by 6.9%. As Tourism Brands, Pirineus and Terres d'Ebre saw the highest increases: 14.2% and 13.7%, respectively. In 2016 the room occupancy rate in Catalonia was 67.2%. The number of travellers increased by 8.1% in comparison with 2015.
The Hotel Occupancy Survey is one of the main sources of statistics for gauging tourist activity. Carried out each month by INE, it provides information on travellers, overnight stays and the occupancy rate in hotel establishments. Idescat analyses these variables according to the provenance of the travellers by place of origin and by destination zones and by category of the establishment.