Press release 20/06/2019
SURVEY ON TOURIST ESTABLISHMENTS. MAY 2019
Visitors to hotel establishments in the Basque Country rose by 3.1% in May 2019
Spanish and foreign visitor numbers were almost equal, but the average length of stay was longer for tourists from abroad
There were 295,055 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country in May 2019, 8,971 up on the same month of the previous year, which was an increase of 3.1% according to Eustat data. The number of visitors was up 4.4% in Bizkaia and 5.7% in Gipuzkoa, whereas there was a drop of 8.1% in Álava.
Furthermore, overnight stays registered in hotel establishments of the Basque Country in May 2019 reached 574,422, which was an increase of 4.5% on those registered in May of the previous year; that is, there were 24,768 more overnight stays. There was also a year-on-year upward trend in overnight stays in Bizkaia, where they rose by 3.4%, and in Gipuzkoa, where they were up 7.8%, but in Álava they were down 1.5%.
The number of visitors from within Spain increased by 2.9% in the Basque Country compared to May of the previous year, whilst the number of visitors from abroad rose by 3.4%. Álava registered a 9.5% decrease in visitors from Spain, and a 5.3% decrease in foreign visitors. In Bizkaia the number of Spanish visitors was up 4.3% and the number of visitors from abroad rose by 4.6%. In Gipuzkoa there was an increase in Spanish visitor numbers of 7.8%, and the number of foreign visitors was up 4.1%.
The average length of stay in May was 1.95 days, compared to the 1.92 days average stay registered in May 2018. In Álava there was an increase from 1.77 days last year to 1.90 days in May this year; in Bizkaia it fell from 1.92 days in May 2018 to 1.90 days this May; and for its part, the average length of stay in Gipuzkoa rose from 1.98 days in May 2018 to 2.02 days this May.
There was an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the bed occupancy rate for the Basque Country overall, going from 59.9% in May 2018 to 60.4% in May 2019. Álava experienced a decrease of 0.4 percentage points, down from 54.5% to 54.1%. Bizkaia saw a drop of 0.3 percentage points, reaching an occupancy rate of 59.8% this May. In Gipuzkoa the occupancy rate was up 1.7 percentage points, reaching 63.5% this May.
The occupancy rate per room also registered an upward trend, with a 1.1 percentage point increase for the Basque Country overall, reaching 74.5%. In Álava it was up 1.5 percentage points, standing at 69.4%; in Bizkaia it fell by 0.7 percentage points to reach 75.2%; whereas in Gipuzkoa it rose by 3.1 percentage points, standing at 75.6% occupancy per room.
The highest hotel bed occupancy rate in May this year was in Donostia/San Sebastián (72.5%), followed by Bilbao (66.3%) and Gipuzkoa Costa (62.9%).
Taking into account the day of the week, at weekends there was a higher occupancy in the Basque Country as a whole in May 2019, with 68.4% of places occupied, whilst the registered occupancy stood at 57.1% on weekdays.
With regards to the profitability indicators of the sector, the average daily rate (ADR) of hotels in the Basque Country stood at 95.1 euros in May 2019, down 1.4% on the year before. The average rate stood at 86.9 euros in Álava, where it rose by 17.6%; 87.5 euros in Bizkaia, with a decrease of 8.6%, and 107.0 euros in Gipuzkoa, where it was up 1.8%.
The revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the Basque Country overall, which is dependent on the occupancy rate of hotel establishments, stood at 70.9 euros in May 2019, a 0.1% increase on May 2018. The RevPAR stood at 60.3 euros in Álava, 65.8 euros in Bizkaia, and 80.9 euros in Gipuzkoa.
In rural accommodation, visitor numbers decreased by 6.5% and overnight stays fell by 6.4% in May 2019
There were 15,688 visitors to rural accommodation in the Basque Country, 6.5% fewer than the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava the number of visitors was up 23.1%, in Bizkaia there was a decrease of 10.0%, and in Gipuzkoa there was a drop of 13.6%.
The 3,915 visitors originating from abroad signified a decrease of 25.0% with regards to those received a year ago and represented 25.0% of the total number of visitors. For their part, visitors from within Spain were up 1.9%.
Rural tourism establishments and country cottages in the Basque Country recorded a total of 33,288 overnight stays in May 2019, with a decrease of 6.4% compared to the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava they were up 37.3%, in Bizkaia they were down 18.6% and in Gipuzkoa they fell by 10.7%.
The bed occupancy rate stood at 25.1% with a drop of 1.4 percentage points from the figures obtained in May 2018. In Álava it increased by 4.0 percentage points, standing at 22.0%. In Bizkaia, the occupancy rate stood at 24.4%, which meant a decrease of 4.0 percentage points in relation to May 2018, and in Gipuzkoa it fell by 1.8 percentage points, reaching an occupancy rate of 27.2% this May.
Finally, the average length of stay remained unchanged this May compared to May 2018, standing at 2.12 days in both cases.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Basque Statistics Institute
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