The number of overnight stays spent at campsites in Catalonia increased by 18.7% in the second quarter of 2017 on the year-over-year data, according to the provisional data from the Campsite Occupancy Survey. As to the origins of such tourism, domestic campers grew by 25.0%: tourism from Catalonia increased by 22.3% and the tourism from the rest of the country increased by 60.9%. Regarding to the foreign tourism also grew by 12.1%. What is more, the year-over-year figures for the number of travellers registering at campsites increased by 26.0%. Note that in 2017 Easter was celebrated in April, while in 2016 it took place in March.
The Campsite Occupancy Survey is one of the main sources of statistics for gauging tourist activity, both from the point of view of supply and demand. Carried out each month by INE and, in Catalonia, it provides quarterly information on travellers, overnight stays and the occupancy rate in campsites. Idescat analyses these variables on the basis of the travellers' places of origin, establishment categories and tourism brands.
From January 2015 there has been implemented two changes in tourism brands, approved by Catalan Tourist Board. El Vallès Oriental and El Vallès Occidental, which until December 2014 were part of the Catalunya Central brand, become part of the Costa Barcelona brand. In addition, the Catalunya Central brand is now called Paisatges Barcelona.
Thus, Catalonia is divided into nine tourism brands: Barcelona, Costa Brava, Costa Daurada, Costa Barcelona, Paisatges Barcelona, Pirineus, Terres de Lleida, Terres de l'Ebre and Val d'Aran.