During the first nine months, accumulated overnight stays increased by 61.4%
Overnight stays in Spanish apartments, campsites, rural accommodation and hostels exceeded 12.8 million in September, which represents an increase of 21.6% compared to the 10.5 million registered in the same month of 2021, according to provisional data from the National Statistical Institute (INE).
This boost was a consequence, above all, of the 56.6% increase in overnight stays by foreigners in the ninth month of the year. Those of the Spaniards, on the contrary, fell by 5.2%.
During the first nine months of 2022, non-hotel overnight stays in Spain increased by 61.4% compared to the same period of the previous year. In campsites, rural tourism establishments and hostels, the accumulated overnight stays between January and September are above the levels of 2019.
Of the 12.8 million overnight stays registered by the statistical institute in September, 5.6 million were residents of Spain, 4.2 million visitors from European Union countries and another 2.9 million from the rest of the world.
Data from the statistical institute show that the average stay in Spanish non-hotel accommodation fell in September to 4.1 overnight stays per traveler, while prices rose in all types of accommodation: 9.9% in apartments, 5% in campsites and 7.2% in rural tourism accommodation.
Overnight stays in tourist apartments increased by 34% last September compared to the same month of the previous year. Those of residents fell by 7.6%, while those of non-residents grew by 73.7%.
The average stay rose by 0.4%, standing at 5.3 overnight stays per traveler.
In September, 37.6% of the bedplaces offered by tourist apartments were occupied, 22% more than in the same month of 2021. The weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces stood at 41.3%, with an increase of 14.7%.
Overnight stays by non-residents in tourist apartments represented 66.8% of the total. The United Kingdom was the main issuing market, with more than 1.6 million, followed by Germany with 601,838.
The Canary Islands was the preferred destination to stay in apartments in our country, with more than 1.9 million overnight stays and an increase of 45.2% compared to September 2021. The highest occupancy was in the Community of Madrid, with 82, 9% of the offered apartments.
By tourist areas, the Costa Blanca was the preferred destination, with 739,145 overnight stays. For its part, the island of Lanzarote has the highest occupancy rate, with 84.7% of the apartments offered.
The tourist spots with the highest number of overnight stays in September were San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Tías and Benidorm.
With regard to campsites, overnight stays in September in this type of accommodation increased by 7.5% compared to the same month of the previous year. Those of residents fell by 3.5%, while those of non-residents rose by 25.8%, according to data from the INE.
During September, 40.9% of the offered plots were occupied, 4.4% more than in the same month of 2021. The weekend occupancy rate reached 42.8%, with an annual decrease of 2% .
43.9% of the overnight stays in campsites were made by non-resident travellers. Germany was the main issuing market, with 23.0% of the total of non-residents, 22.3% more than in September 2021.
Catalonia was the preferred destination for campsites, with more than 1.9 million overnight stays, which represents an increase of 6.5% in the annual rate. La Rioja reached the highest occupancy rate, with 59.9% of the plots offered.
By tourist areas, the Costa Brava was the preferred destination to stay in campsites, with 826,832 overnight stays. The Costa Blanca (Alicante) presented the highest occupancy rate, with 68.6% of the pitches offered and the tourist spots with the most overnight stays were Benidorm, Mont-Roig Del Camp and Tarragona.
RURAL TOURISM DECREASES.
Overnight stays in rural tourism accommodation showed an annual decrease of 0.2% in September. Those of residents fell by 8.3%, while those of non-residents rose by 22%.
In rural tourism accommodation, 21.5% of the beds were occupied, 3.2% less than in September 2021. The weekend occupancy rate stood at 34.9%, with an annual decrease 13.1%.
By communities, the Balearic Islands was the preferred destination, with 204,272 overnight stays, 19.8% more than in September 2021. It also reached the highest occupancy rate, with 65.7% of the places offered.
By tourist areas, the Island of Mallorca was the preferred destination, with 166,529 overnight stays and the Island of Menorca, which reached the highest occupancy, with 73.5% of the places offered.
With regard to hostels, in September 651,019 overnight stays were registered in this type of accommodation, which represents an annual increase of 59%. Those of residents increased by 12.4% and those of non-residents by 119.3%
30.5% of the bedplaces were occupied, 46.8% more than in September 2021. The weekend occupancy rate reached 33.5%, with an increase of 32.8%.
Galicia was the preferred destination, with 163,518 overnight stays and the Community of Madrid reached the highest occupancy, with 68.6% of the places offered.
GLOBAL GROWTH IN OVERNIGHT STAYS.
The INE indicates that the total number of overnight stays in all Spanish collective tourist accommodation (hotels, apartments, campsites, rural tourism accommodation and hostels) increased by 34.6% in September in the annual rate. Overnight stays by residents fell by 0.6%, while those by non-residents rose by 68.5%.
The average stay grew by 3.2%, up to 3.5 overnight stays per traveler.
Of the total overnight stays in collective tourist accommodation, 73.6% corresponded to hotels and 26.4% to non-hotel tourist accommodation.
The main issuing markets in the set of regulated tourist accommodation were the British (with 28.5% of the total overnight stays by non-residents), the German (19.3%) and the French (8.3%).
The Balearic Islands was the preferred destination, with more than 10.3 million overnight stays (63.6% more than in September 2021). They are followed by Catalonia, with more than 8.7 million (and an increase of 47.4%) and the Canary Islands, with more than 7.6 million (and an annual increase of 39.9%).