Overnight stays in hotel establishments increased by 3.0% on a year-over-year basis in Catalonia in 2017, according to definitive data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey. By origin of travellers, the overnight stays of domestic tourism decreased by 0.5% with respect to a year ago (1.2% catalan tourism while those of tourists from the rest of Spain increased a 0.3%) and overnight stays of foreign tourism increased by 4.5%. By country of origin, tourists from France and United Kingdom showed the highest figure of overnight stays in absolute terms (6,535.6 and 6,201.5 thousand, respectively).
By tourism brands, Paisatges Barcelona and Costa Barcelona presented the highest year-over-year increase (15.4% and 9.1% respectively).
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in hotel establishments increased by 3.5% year-over-year with increases in both domestic (0.2%) and foreign tourism (5.7%).
With the publication of the year 2017 definitive data, data from the months september to december 2017 became also definitive.
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.