The number of overnight stays in rural tourism establishments in Catalonia increased by 38.7% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, according to provisional data from the Rural tourism accommodation occupancy survey. By country of origin, the number of overnight stays of domestic tourists increased 38.8% and of foreign visitors increased 36.2%. Note that in 2018 Easter was celebrated between March and April, while in 2017 it took place in April.
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.