The number of overnight stays in rural tourism establishments increased by 2.8% in Catalonia in 2016, according to definitive data from the Rural Tourism Accommodation Occupancy Survey. By origin of travellers, overnight stays by domestic tourists rose by 3.5%: overnights stays from Catalonia tourist increased by 4.9% while from the rest of Spain decreased by 11.4%; those of foreign tourists grew by 0.5% with respect to the previous year. By tourism brands, Pirineus registered the largest number of overnight stays with a year-over-year increase of 3.8%. On the other hand, there was a year-over-year increase of 2.3% in the number of travellers.
The Rural Tourism Accommodation Occupancy Survey is one of the main sources of statistics for gauging tourist activity. Its principal aim is to find out the behaviour of a series of variables that permit us to describe the fundamental characteristics of this type of accommodation in the tourism industry, both in terms of supply and of demand. Carried out each month by INE, it provides quarterly information for Catalonia on travellers, overnight stays and the occupancy rate in rural tourism establishments. Idescat analyses these variables on the basis of the travellers'places of origin and the tourist region of destination.
From January 2016, 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), they become part of Paisatges de Barcelona brand.