The Canary Islands was the destination with the highest occupancy rate in March, reaching 71.7 percent, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), which shows that overnight stays in Spanish hotel establishments during the third month of the year exceeded 20.6 million, 17.1 percent more than in the same month of the previous year.
The INE data also show that hotels invoiced an average of 99.3 euros per occupied room, 11% more than the previous year. Overnight stays by travellers resident in Spain exceeded 8 million, representing 39% of the total, while those of non-residents stood at over 12.6 million.
Last March, the average length of stay fell by 4% compared to the previous year to 2.8 overnight stays per traveller, according to data from the statistical institute.
All in all, during the first three months of the year, overnight stays in Spain increased by 26.6% compared to the same period last year and reached a similar level to those of the first three months of 2019.
Andalusia, the Valencian Community and Catalonia were once again the favourite destinations of travellers resident in Spain in March, with 19.8%, 13.6% and 12.9% of the total number of overnight stays, respectively.
The main destination chosen by non-residents was the Canary Islands, with 41.6% of total overnight stays. The following destinations were Catalonia and Andalusia, with 16.4% and 14% of the total, respectively. In March, 52% of the available bedplaces were filled, with an annual increase of 11.9%. The weekend occupancy rate by bedplaces rose by 7.9% to 59.5%.
The Canary Islands had the highest occupancy rate during March (71.7%). It was followed by the Community of Madrid, with 56%.
By tourist areas, the south of Gran Canaria had the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (74.4%), while the south of Tenerife had the highest weekend occupancy rate (76.4%). The island of Tenerife recorded the highest number of overnight stays in March, with 2.1 million.
The tourist destinations with the highest number of overnight stays in March were Barcelona, Madrid and San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Arona had the highest occupancy rate by bedplaces (77.8%), and the highest weekend occupancy rate (79.3%).
By nationality, Germans and British travellers accounted for the majority of overnight stays. Travellers from the United Kingdom accounted for 23.5% of the total, while Germans accounted for another 18.1% of the total. Stays by travellers from France, the United States and Italy (the next largest source markets) accounted for 6.7%, 5.3% and 4.6% of the total, respectively.
PRICE RISES OF MORE THAN 18% IN CATALONIA
The INE data show that the annual rate of the Hotel Price Index (HPI) stood at 10.5%, which is 12.2 points less than that recorded in the same month of 2022, and 0.6 points less than that recorded last month.
Compared among the regions, the highest increases in hotel prices with respect to March 2022 occurred in Catalonia (18.2%) and Melilla (13.5%).
For its part, the smallest increase was recorded in Cantabria, with an annual variation rate of 0.3%. By category, the highest increase in prices occurred in establishments with one silver star (18.3%).
TURNOVER INCREASES BY 11%
With all this, the average daily turnover of hotels per occupied room (ADR) stood at 99.3 euros in March, which represents an increase of 11% compared to the same month in 2022.
According to the INE, the average daily revenue per available room (RevPAR), which is conditioned by the occupancy registered in hotel establishments, reached 62.2 euros, representing a rise of 23.8%.
By category, the average turnover was 231.5 euros for five-star hotels, 102.3 euros for four-star hotels and 76.2 euros for three-star hotels. The revenue per available room for these same categories was 149.5 euros, 72.4 euros and 48.7 euros, respectively.
The tourist spot with the highest ADR was Naut Aran, with an average daily turnover per occupied room of 172.5 euros. On the other hand, Adeje presented the highest RevPar, with an income per available room of 148.9 euros, according to INE data.