Statistics on Rural Tourism Accommodation Activity. Q1/2020
The number of overnight stays in rural tourism establishments in Catalonia decreased by a year-over-year 15.3% in the first quarter of 2020, according to provisional data from the Rural tourism accommodation occupancy survey.
By country of origin, the number of overnight stays of domestic tourists fell by 16.7% (Catalan tourism decreased by 17.4% and that proceeding from the rest of Spain decreased by 5.7%), and concerning foreign tourism, it decreased by 1.5%.
On the other hand, the number of travellers registered in rural tourism establishments fell by a year-over-year 22.4%.
The entry into force of the Order SND/257/2020, of 19 March, declaring the suspension of opening to the public of tourist accommodation establishments in accordance with Article 10.6 of Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, whereby a state of alarm is declared for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, has produced an unprecedented situation in the collection of survey data. In addition to the progressive closure since 19 March and the total suspension of activity from 26 March, there is the difficulty of collection information due to the closure of establishments, which has reduced the response rate and the quality of the estimated data compared with a normal month. For this reason, data are offered for Catalonia but not for the tourist brands.