Overnight stays in hotel establishments in Catalonia decreased by 10.7% the month of December 2017 in year-over-year terms, according to the Hotel Occupancy Survey. The domestic tourism overnight stays decreased by 4.8%: Catalan travellers decreased by 8.8% while travellers from the rest of the State increased by 0.4%. Foreign tourism overnight stays decreased by 14.5% in year-over-year terms.
By country of origin, tourists from France and Italy were those with more overnight stays in absolute terms (178.4 and 115.2 thousands respectively).
For tourism brands, overnight stays in Val d'Aran (28.2%) and Pirineus (14.8%) were the locations that presented the highest increase, and Costa Brava presented de highest decrease (−28,9%).
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in hotel establishments decreased by 4.2% year-over-year with decreases in both domestic tourism (−2,0%) and foreign tourism (−6.2%).
In 2017, overnight stays in hotel establishments increased by 2.7% in Catalonia according to provisional data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey. Overnight stays by domestic tourists decreased by 0.8% in comparison with the previous year (−0.9% for Catalans and −0,7% from other parts of Spain) while foreign tourism increased by 4.2%. As Tourism Brands, Paisatges de Barcelona, Pirineus, Costa Daurada and Costa Barcelona saw the highest increases: 12.3%, 8.3%, 8.2% and 8.0%, respectively. In 2017 the room occupancy rate in Catalonia was 69.0%. The number of travellers increased by 3.4% in comparison with 2016.
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.