The number of overnight stays in hotel establishments in Catalonia decreased by 8.5% year-over-year for the month of March 2017, according to the Hotel Occupancy Survey. Domestic tourist overnight stays decreased by 23.2%: Catalan travellers decreased by 30.5% and travellers from the rest of the State decreased by 15.5%. Foreign tourism overnight stays increased, by 2.1% year-over-year. Note that in 2017 Easter was celebrated in April, while in 2016 it took place in March.
By country of origin, tourists from France and United Kingdom log the most overnight stays in absolute terms (303.6 and 218.9 thousand, respectively).
For tourism brands, Paisatges Barcelona (19.2%) and Costa Barcelona (4,8%) were the locations that presented the most increase.
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in hotel establishments decreased by 1.0% year-over-year with a decrease in domestic tourism (12.5%) while foreign tourism increased by 9.1%.
On the occasion of the creation of El Moianès county, the municipalities of Castellcir, Castellterçol, Granera and Sant Quirze Safaja (which were part of the Costa Barcelona brand), from January 2016 they become part of Paisatges de Barcelona brand. This change represents a break in series with the results of previous periods.
The monthly data are still provisional since January 1999 to December 2010. The short-term data are definitive from January 2011 until last year over period published
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.