Press release of 21/06/2018
SURVEY ON TOURIST ESTABLISHMENTS. MAY 2018
Visitors to hotel establishments in the Basque Country rose by 6.7% in May 2018
Overnight stays by foreign visitors were up by 18.2%, exceeding those of Spanish visitors
There were 286,084 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country in May 2018, 18,024 up on the same month of the previous year, which is an increase of 6.7%, according to Eustat data. The number of visitors rose by 9.1% in Gipuzkoa, 9.0% in Álava, and 4.3% in Bizkaia.
Furthermore, overnight stays registered in hotel establishments of the Basque Country in May 2018 reached 549,654, which was an increase of 9.9% on those registered in May of the previous year; that is, there were 49,598 more overnight stays. The year-on-year figures for overnight stays performed positively in all three provinces. In Gipuzkoa they rose by 11.8%, in Álava they were up 10.0% and in Bizkaia there was an increase of 8.3%.
The number of visitors from within Spain fell by 0.5% in the Basque Country compared to May of the previous year, and the number of visitors from abroad increased by 15.1%. In the case of Álava, entries of Spanish visitors saw a 10.7% upturn and a 5.8% increase in the case of foreign visitors. In Bizkaia, the number of Spanish visitors was down by 4.6%, whereas the number of visitors from abroad rose by 15.5%. In Gipuzkoa there was an increase in Spanish visitor numbers of 0.1%, whereas the number of foreign visitors rose by 17.0%.
This May the average length of stay was 1.92 days, above the average length of stay of 1.87 days registered in May 2017. In Álava there was an increase from 1.76 days last year to 1.77 days in May of this year; in Bizkaia it rose from 1.85 days to 1.92 days; and in Gipuzkoa, the average length of stay increased from 1.93 days in May 2017 to 1.98 days in May 2018.
There was an increase of 4.2 percentage points in the bed occupancy rate for the Basque Country overall, where it went from 55.7% in May 2017 to 59.9% in May this year. Álava experienced a rise of 5.3 percentage points, increasing from 49.2% to 54.5%. Bizkaia saw an increase of 3.9 percentage points, going from 56.1% to a bed occupancy rate of 60.0%. In Gipuzkoa the occupancy rate was up 4.0 percentage point, going from 57.7% to 61.7%.
The occupancy rate per room also registered an increase, with a 2.9 percentage point rise for the Basque Country overall, reaching 73.4%. In Álava it was up by 5.6 percentage points, standing at 67.9%, and in Bizkaia it increased by 2.4 percentage points, reaching 75.9%. Meanwhile, in Gipuzkoa there was a rise of 2.5 percentage points, registering 72.5% occupancy per room.
The highest hotel bed occupancy rate in May this year was in Donostia/San Sebastián (71.6%), followed by Bilbao (65.6%) and Gipuzkoa Costa (58.3%).
Taking into account the day of the week, at weekends there was a higher occupancy in the Basque Country as a whole in May 2018, with 71.6% of places occupied, whilst the registered occupancy stood at 55.8% on weekdays.
Finally, with regards to the profitability indicators of the sector, the average daily rate (ADR) of hotels in the Basque Country stood at 96.5 euros in May 2018, 15.1% up on the year before. The average rate stood at 73.9 euros in Álava, where it rose by 8.3%; 95.8 euros in Bizkaia, with an increase of 21.9%, and 105.1 euros in Gipuzkoa, where it was up by 9.5%.
The revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the Basque Country overall, which is dependent on the occupancy rate of hotel establishments, stood at 70.8 euros in May 2018, a 19.9% increase on May 2017. The RevPAR stood at 50.2 euros in Álava, 72.6 euros in Bizkaia, and 76.2 euros in Gipuzkoa.
The occupancy rate per room during the European rugby finals stood at 85.4% in the hotel establishments of Bilbao
Visitor numbers during the European rugby finals, from 11 to 12 May (2 nights), rose to 8,885 in hotel establishments in Bizkaia. In this same period, the total number of overnight stays in Bizkaia was 20,551, with an occupancy rate per room of 84.3%. In Bilbao there were 4,993 visitors and 11,964 overnight stays, with a room occupancy rate of 85.4% over the two given days.
The occupancy rate per room during the Machine Tool Biennial stood at 86.3% in the hotel establishments of Bizkaia and at 93.7% in Bilbao
Visitor numbers during the Machine Tool Biennial from 28 to 31 May (4 nights), rose to 16,655 in hotel establishments in Bizkaia. In this same period, the total number of overnight stays in Bizkaia was 34,326, with an occupancy rate per room of 86.3%. In Bilbao there were 10,368 visitors and 21,511 overnight stays, with a room occupancy rate of 93.7% over the four given days.
In rural accommodation, visitor numbers increased by 23.4% and overnight stays rose by 26.7% in May 2018
There were 16,780 visitors to rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country in May, 23.4% more than the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava the number of visitors was down by 11.8%, but in Bizkaia there was a rise of 51.0%, and in Gipuzkoa there was an increase of 24.1%. The 5,223 visitors originating from abroad signified a rise of 60.0% with regards to those received a year ago and represented 31.1% of the total number of visitors. For its part, the number of visitors from within Spain rose by 11.8%.
Rural tourism establishments and country cottages in the Basque Country recorded a total of 35,578 overnight stays in May, with an increase of 26.7% with respect to the same month of the previous year. At provincial level, they were down 12.6% in Álava, but in Bizkaia they were up 62.6%and in Gipuzkoa they increased by 24.7%.
The bed occupancy rate stood at 26.5% with an increase of 5.2 percentage points from the figures obtained in May 2017. Álava experienced a fall of 2.4 percentage points, with the bed occupancy rate standing at 18.0%. In Bizkaia the occupancy rate was 28.5%, which meant an increase of 10.4 percentage points in relation to May 2017, and Gipuzkoa saw a rise of 5.4 percentage points to reach an occupancy rate this May of 29.0%.
Finally, the average length of stay per visitor increased this May with respect to May 2017, going from 2.07 days a year ago to 2.12 this last month.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Basque Statistics Institute
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
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