Overnight stays in hotel establishments increased by 6.9% on a year-over-year basis in Catalonia in 2016, according to definitive data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey. By origin of travellers, the overnight of domestic tourism increased by 5.9% with respect to a year ago (2.1% catalan tourism and 10.7% from the rest of Spain) and the overnight of foreign tourism increased by 7.3% . By country of origin, tourists from France and United Kingdom andlog the most overnight stays in absolute terms (6,657.6 and 6,103.1 thousand, respectively),
By tourism brands, Pirineus and Terres de l'Ebre presented the highest year-over-year increase (14.4% and 14.3% respectively).
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in hotel establishments increased by 8.0% year-over-year with a increase in domestic tourists (7.3%) and foreign tourism increased by 8.4%.
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 monthly these variables according to the provenance of the travellers, by destination zones and by category of the establishment.