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Press release 22/05/2019


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Visitors to hotel establishments in the Basque Country rose by 8.1% in April 2019

During the four main Easter days (Thursday to Sunday), the occupancy rate per room was more than eight percentage points higher than last year

There were 276,415 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country in April 2019, 20,825 up on the same month of the previous year, which was an increase of 8.1% according to Eustat data. The number of visitors was up 2.3% in Álava, in Bizkaia they increased by 9.5%, and in Gipuzkoa, 8.6%, although it should be taken into account when analysing these data that this year Easter fell in April, and last year it was in March. In the data for these two months, March and April, visitor numbers rose by 5.7% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, overnight stays registered in hotel establishments of the Basque Country in April 2019 reached 538,485, which was an increase of 10.5% on those registered in April of the previous year; that is, there were 51,067 more overnight stays. The year-on-year figures for overnight stays were also positive in the three provinces. They were up 5.7% in Álava, 9.6% in Bizkaia and 13.1% in Gipuzkoa. The accumulated number of overnight stays in March and April also produced positive results, with growth of 4.5%.


The number of visitors from within Spain rose by 8.2% in the Basque Country compared to April of the previous year, whilst the number of visitors from abroad rose by 8.1%. Álava registered a 4.6% increase in visitors from Spain, and a 3.9% decrease in foreign visitors. In Bizkaia the number of Spanish visitors was up 8.2% and the number of visitors from abroad rose by 11.4%. In Gipuzkoa there was an increase in Spanish visitor numbers of 9.8%, and the number of foreign visitors was up 7.1%.

The average length of stay in April was 1.95 days, compared to the 1.91 days average stay registered in April 2018. In Álava there was an increase from 1.79 days last year to 1.85 days in April this year; in Bizkaia the average length of stay was the same as in April 2018, standing at 1.94 days; and for its part, the average length of stay in Gipuzkoa was up from 1.91 days in April 2018 to 1.99 days this April.

There was an increase of 3.7 percentage points in the bed occupancy rate for the Basque Country overall; in April 2019 it reached 58.5%. Álava experienced an increase of 3.1 percentage points, going from 49.4% to 52.5%. Bizkaia saw a rise of 3.1 percentage points to reach an occupancy rate of 58.3% this April. In Gipuzkoa the occupancy rate rose 4.5 percentage points, from the 56.4% achieved in April 2018 to 60.9% this April.

The occupancy rate per room also registered an upward trend, with a 2.3 percentage point increase for the Basque Country overall, reaching 68.5%. In Álava it was up 3.7 percentage points, standing at 63.5%; in Bizkaia it fell by 0.3 percentage points to reach 68.5%; whereas in Gipuzkoa it rose by 4.7 percentage points, standing at 70.1% occupancy per room.

The highest hotel bed occupancy rate in April this year was in Donostia-San Sebastián (68.9%), followed by Bilbao (66.7%) and Gipuzkoa Costa (59.2%).

Taking into account the day of the week, at weekends there was a higher occupancy in the Basque Country as a whole in April 2019, with 69.3% of places occupied, whilst the registered occupancy stood at 54.6% on weekdays.

With regards to the profitability indicators of the sector, the average daily rate (ADR) of hotels in the Basque Country stood at 88.1 euros in April 2019, up 6.8% on the year before. The average rate stood at 70.2 euros in Álava, where it rose by 1.5%; 86.5 euros in Bizkaia, with an increase of 9.6%, and 95.7 euros in Gipuzkoa, where it was up 4.7%.

The revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the Basque Country overall, which is dependent on the occupancy rate of hotel establishments, stood at 60.3 euros in April 2019, a 10.5% upturn on April 2018. The RevPAR stood at 44.6 euros in Álava, 59.3 euros in Bizkaia, and 67.1 euros in Gipuzkoa.

In rural accommodation, visitor numbers increased by 3.0% and overnight stays rose by 18.3% in April 2019

There were 15,088 visitors to rural accommodation in the Basque Country, 3.0% more than the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava the number of visitors was up 22.0%, in Bizkaia there was an increase of 14.4%, and in Gipuzkoa there was a drop of 7.8%.

The 2,655 visitors originating from abroad signified a decrease of 2.3% with regards to those received a year ago and represented 17.6% of the total number of visitors. For their part, visitors from within Spain were up 4.2%.

Rural tourism establishments and country cottages in the Basque Country recorded a total of 37,927 overnight stays in April 2019, with an increase of 18.3% with respect to the same month of the previous year. By province, in Álava they were up 40.1%, in Bizkaia 39.1% and in Gipuzkoa 1.7%.

The bed occupancy rate stood at 29.7% with a rise of 5.1 percentage points from the figures obtained in April 2018. In Álava it increased by 5.6 percentage points, standing at 24.8%. In Bizkaia, the occupancy rate stood at 31.3%, with an increase of 9.1 percentage points in relation to April 2018, whereas in Gipuzkoa it rose by 2.7 percentage points, reaching an occupancy rate of 31.2% this April.

Finally, the average length of stay increased this April, going from 2.19 days a year ago to 2.51 this last month.


Easter Balance for the period comprising Thursday to Sunday: visitor numbers increased by 12.3% and overnight stays were up 15.1%

The number of visitors to Basque hotel establishments rose to 46,969 during the 2019 Easter period from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 21 April (4 nights). This represents a 12.3% increase in visitors compared to the same Easter period in 2018, from Thursday 29 March to Sunday 1 April. Of the total number of visitors, 17,184 (36.6%) were from abroad and 29,785 were from within Spain. Spanish visitor numbers were up 1.5% compared with numbers from the previous year, and foreign visitors rose by 37.8%.

Álava saw 6,096 visitors, 9.6% more than the previous year; Bizkaia 22,385 visitors, 19.3% more; and Gipuzkoa saw 18,488 visitors, which was a 5.8% increase.

In this same period, the total number of overnight stays in the Basque Country was 101,980, which was an increase of 15.1% compared with 2018. Overnight stays rose by 14.0% in Álava, reaching 13,083; in Bizkaia they were up 14.5% to 47,262, and they increased by 16.2% in Gipuzkoa to 41,635 overnight stays.

During Easter 2019, the occupancy rate by room was 83.9%, 8.1 percentage points more than for Easter 2018. By province, there was an occupancy rate of 77.7% in Álava, 82.7% in Bizkaia and 87.6% in Gipuzkoa, which translates as increases in occupancy rates of 10.1 percentage points in Álava, 6.7 percentage points in Bizkaia and 9.0 percentage points in Gipuzkoa compared with the rate for Easter 2018.

The highest occupancy rate by room was in Donostia-San Sebastián, with an occupancy rate of 92.1%, 4.9 percentage points more than Easter the previous year. This was followed by Rioja Alavesa, which had a bed occupancy rate of 90.4%, up 0.7 percentage points on 2018, and the rest of Álava, which attained an occupancy rate of 87.9%, up 37.2 percentage points.

The occupancy rate per room during Easter was 71.1% in the rural tourism establishments of the Basque Country

The number of visitors during Easter increased to 3,618 in the rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country. Álava saw 724 visitors, 6.3% more than in the same period in 2018; Bizkaia saw 1,222 visitors, 4.5% less, and there were 1,672 visitors to Gipuzkoa, 16.9% down on the previous year.

In this same period, overnight stays in the Basque Country as a whole increased by 6.7% to 12,425. There were increases in Álava and Bizkaia of 11.3% and 38.8%, respectively, and a decrease of 13.0% in Gipuzkoa.

The occupancy rate per room was 71.1% for the Basque Country as a whole, 75.0% in both Álava and Bizkaia and 66.4% in Gipuzkoa.


For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Basque Statistics Institute C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Press Service: servicioprensa@eustat.es Tel: 945 01 75 62

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Visitors to hotel establishments in the Basque Country rose by 8.1% in April 2019

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