22 Sep, 2023 @ 12:46
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Spain’s summer hotel occupation nears pre-pandemic levels despite historically high room prices

HOTEL occupation in Spain this summer was within a hair’s breadth of that registered in 2019, the last full vacation season before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and disrupted global travel and the tourism sector. 

Occupation over the summer months was just under 75%, compared to 77% in 2019. 

The number of overnight stays was also close to the number registered in 2019, coming in at 46.67 million – 99% of the figure from four years ago.

That’s according to the latest figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE), which also show that the average price of a hotel room hit a record high this summer.

In August, people were paying an unprecedented average of €136.45 for a hotel room, which is 25% up on 2019, the figures show. 

The biggest increases in prices were seen between 2021 and 2022, according to figures cited by Spanish daily El Pais, rising by 14% year on year in the months of August. 

From 2022 to 2023, however, the increase was more tempered at 6.25%. 

Forecasts within the sector are predicting that these strong figures will continue for the rest of the year, with hopes that the final performance will resemble that of 2019, when an all-time record for tourist arrivals was broken.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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