Press Release 19/01/2017
The balance for 2016 closed with a rise in visitor numbers of 7.6% and a rise in overnight stays of 8.9%
In December 2016, visitors to hotel establishments in the Basque Country were up by 1.9%
The 2016 annual balance for hotel establishments registered a 7.6% rise in visitor numbers and an increase of 8.9% in overnight stays in the Basque Country compared to the previous year. Thus, in 2016, there were 2,837,225 visitors, 199,840 more than the previous year, according to Eustat data.
In December 2016, there were 187,820 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country, 3,544 up on the same month of the previous year, which is an increase of 1.9%. The number of visitors was up 3.4% in Gipuzkoa and 2.8% in Bizkaia, whereas in Álava there was a drop of 3.7%.
Furthermore, overnight stays registered in hotel establishments of the Basque Country in December 2016 reached 342,882, which was an increase of 2.4% on those registered in December of the previous year, that is, there were 7,873 more overnight stays. There was also a positive year-on-year change in overnight stays in Gipuzkoa, where they rose by 4.4% and in Bizkaia, where they were up by 3.9%, but in Álava they were down by 6.5%.
The number of visitors from within Spain fell by 0.9% in the Basque Country compared to December of the previous year, whilst the number of visitors from abroad rose by 10.3%. Álava saw a decrease in foreign visitors of 18.0% and a drop in Spanish visitors of 0.6%. In Bizkaia, the number of Spanish visitors was down by 1.9%, whereas the number of visitors from abroad rose by 18.9%. In Gipuzkoa there was an increase in foreign visitor numbers of 9.8%, and the number of Spanish visitors rose by 0.4%.
The average length of stay was 1.83 days last December, an improvement upon the 1.82 days average length of stay that was registered in December 2015. In Álava there was a drop from 1.82 days last year to 1.77 days in December this year; in Bizkaia it rose from 1.82 days in December 2015 to 1.84 days this December; and for its part, the average length of stay in Gipuzkoa rose from 1.82 days in December 2015 to 1.83 days this December.
There was an increase of 0.6 percentage points in the bed occupancy rate for the Basque Country overall, where it went from 40.3% in December 2015 to 40.9% in December this year. Álava witnessed a fall of 2.7 percentage points, dropping from an occupancy rate of 40.5% in December 2015 to a rate of 37.8% this December. Bizkaia saw an increase of 1.5 percentage points, going from a bed occupancy rate of 38.8% in December 2015 to a rate of 40.3% in December 2016. In Gipuzkoa the occupancy rate increase by 0.9 percentage points, reaching 43.3% in December 2016.
The occupancy rate per room also registered an upward trend, with a 0.7 percentage point increase for the Basque Country overall, where it stood at 48.5%. In Álava it was down by 2.9 percentage points, standing at 45.1%; in Bizkaia it increased by 1.8 percentage points, standing at 49.1%, whereas in Gipuzkoa it rose by 0.7 percentage points, standing at 49.3% occupancy per room.
The highest hotel bed occupancy rate in December this year was in Donostia/San Sebastián (50.5%), followed by Bilbao (47.3%) and Rioja Alavesa (44.5%).
Taking into account the day of the week, at weekends there was a higher occupancy in the Basque Country as a whole in December 2016, with 47.8% of places occupied, whilst the registered occupancy stood at 37.7% on weekdays.
2016 annual balance for hotel establishments: almost 200,000 more
In 2016 there were 2,837,225 visitors, 199,840 more than the previous year, with a 7.6% increase in visitor numbers. The number of visitors increased by 4.2% in Álava, 7.4% in Bizkaia and 9.1% in Gipuzkoa.
Overnight stays in 2016 stood at 5,490,499, that is, 449,161 overnight stays up on the previous year, or 8.9% more. Overnight stays were up by 8.4% in Álava, by 8.6% in Bizkaia and by 9.4% in Gipuzkoa.
The average length of stay rose, going from 1.91 days in 2015 to 1.94 days in 2016 in the Basque Country, whilst the bed occupancy rate was up by 3.2 percentage points, standing at 53.0% for the Basque Country as a whole.
In rural accommodation, visitor numbers decreased by 13.0% and overnight stays fell by 6.5% in December
Rural tourism establishments and country cottages in the Basque Country recorded a total of 23,136 overnight stays in December, with a decrease of 6.5% with respect to the same month of the previous year. At provincial level, they were up 16.5% in Álava, down by 1.1% in Bizkaia and also fell in Gipuzkoa by 18.5%.
The bed occupancy rate stood at 19.7% with a fall of 1.3 percentage points from the figures obtained in December 2015. In Álava it increased by 2.5 percentage points, standing at 21.5%. In Bizkaia the occupancy rate was 21.0%, with an increase of 0.3 percentage points in relation to December 2015, and Gipuzkoa saw a fall of 4.1 percentage points to reach an occupancy rate this December of 18.2%.
There were 9,420 visitors to rural accommodation in the Basque Country, 13.0% fewer than the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava the number of visitors was up by 34.0%, in Bizkaia there was a drop of 22.7%, and in Gipuzkoa there was a decrease of 25.1%.
The 457 visitors originating from abroad signified an increase of 4.8% with regards to those received a year ago and represented 4.9% of the total number of visitors. For its part, the number of visitors from within Spain fell by 13.8%.
Finally, the average length of stay per visitor increased this December, going from 2.28 days a year ago to 2.46 this last month.
2016 annual balance for rural tourism: visitor numbers rose by 11.9% and overnight stays rose by 12.4%
There were 153,346 visitors to rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country in 2016, which was 11.9% up on the previous year, whilst overnight stays stood at 400,679, 12.4% up on 2015.
Visitor numbers increased in the three provinces: in Álava they rose by 26.0%, in Bizkaia they were up 9.8% and in Gipuzkoa they rose by 8.4%. Overnight stays also rose in the three provinces: by 22.8% in Álava, 12.6% in Bizkaia and 9.3% in Gipuzkoa.
The average stay per visitor rose slightly from 2.60 days in 2015 to 2.61 days in 2016. The bed occupancy rate increased by 2.3 percentage points to 27.4% in 2016.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
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