There were 82,503 visitors at hotel establishments in the A.C. of the Basque Country in January 2003, almost 2,000 more than the same month the previous year, which represents a 2% increase, according to EUSTAT data. Entries by visitors increased 4% in Bizkaia and 10% in Gipuzkoa, falling 14% in Alava.
Entries by foreign visitors increased 9%, while the number of state visitors remained stable (0%). Foreign visitors increased in number substantially in Gipuzkoa (21%) and more moderately in Bizkaia (3%) and stabilised in Alava (0%). The number of state visitors increased in Bizkaia (4%) and Gipuzkoa (6%), with a considerable decrease in Alava (-17%).
Among state visitors there was an increase in numbers from Madrid, Catalonia, the Communities of Valencia and Castile and León, a decrease in visitors from Andalusia, Aragón and Asturias, in addition to overnight stays by persons from the Autonomous Community and Navarre. Among foreign visitors, there were increases in the number of visitors from France, the UK, Portugal and Italy, with a drop in numbers from Germany, the USA-Canada and other countries.
Overnight stays registered in January 2003 came to 145,935, i.e. 1,400 fewer than the same month the previous year, which represents a 1% fall in percentage terms. The number of overnight stays increased in Bizkaia (2%) and Gipuzkoa (5%), but fell 19% in Alava.
The average length of stay by visitors fell from 1.83 days in January last year to 1.77 last January and this decrease affected all three provinces. The level of occupancy by places fell from 31.27% the same month the previous year with 28.79% registered in January 2003.
3,153 entries by visitors were registered in Agrotourism establishments in the A.C. of the Basque Country in January 2003, 5% fewer than the same month the previous year, rising 24% in Bizkaia, but falling 23% in Gipuzkoa and 15% in Alava. The drop registered in the whole of the A.C. of the Basque Country affected both foreign (-4%) and state visitors (-5%).
Overnight stays in the Agrotourism sector came to 6,606, 6% fewer than in January 2002, this decrease affecting the provinces of Alava (-30%) and Gipuzkoa (-15%), as there was a 14% increase in Bizkaia.
The average stay per visitor fell from 2.13 days in January the previous year to 2.10 registered in January this year.