117,529 visitors were registered in April 2002 in hotel establishments in the A.C. of the Basque Country, according to data provided by the Eustat, 1% fewer than the same month the year before, which represents an inter-annual decrease of 1,500 entries. Entries by visitors have had an unbalanced effect on the different provinces. There was a 5% increase in Bizkaia, practically stable results in Alava and a 7% reduction in Gipuzkoa.
We should bear in mind, when interpreting this data, the Easter coincided this year with the month of March, whereas in the year 2001 it was in April.
In the first four months of 2002 there were 30,000 more entries by visitors than in the same period the year before. The accumulated increase for the first four months of the year applies to the three provinces of the A.C. of the Basque Country: Gipuzkoa rose 11%, Bizkaia increased 6% and Alava, in turn, increased 5%.
Overnight stays registered in April 2002 came to 210,907, i.e. almost 9,000 fewer than the same month the previous year, which represents a 4% fall in percentage terms. The number of overnight stays increased by 4% in Bizkaia falling by 9% and 7%, respectively in Gipuzkoa and Alava.
The number of overnight stays in the first four months of 2002 increased 9%, which represents 60,000 more overnight stays than in the same period the previous year.
The average length of stay for visitors staying at hotels in the A.C. of the Basque Country decreased in April 2002, falling from 1.84 days last year to 1.79 this year. The average stay fell more in Alava (-7%) than in Gipuzkoa (-2%) and Bizkaia (-1%).
The average stay also improved (1%) if we compare the first four months of this year with the previous year.
The level of occupancy fell both by places (-9%) and by rooms (-5%), in the whole of the A.C. of the Basque Country during the month of April 2002 with regard to the same month the previous year.
There were 4,920 entries by visitors to Agrotourism establishments in the A.C. of the Basque Country in April 2002, 26% fewer than the previous year. The seasonal effect of Easter has affected monthly results in this sector much more than it affected hotel establishments.
There were 10,560 overnight stays, 40% fewer than in April 2001, affecting all three provinces of the A.C. of the Basque Country.
The four monthly balance, however, shows much more positive results, with a 6% increase in entries by visitors and an 8% rise in overnight stays. Entries by visitors increased in the three provinces in the first four months of the year in relation to the same period in 2001.