40% of UK, German and US hotel bookings


As expected, Spaniards account for 43% of all hotel bookings made at Easter as they return home to celebrate Holy Week, with around 40% of these being made by Britons, Germans and Americans.

With coronavirus restrictions a thing of the past, travel is returning to normal, giving Spain’s tourism sector a much-needed boost. Typically a busy time of year, this Easter is, according to authorities, likely to be one of the busiest on record.

Topping the list of foreign visitors are the British who account for nearly 19% of hotel bookings as of April 10.and, followed by the Germans at 10%. Interestingly, the Americans represent seven percent and the French six percent. Generally, the latter tend not to stay in hotels, choosing houses and apartments for their holidays.

The data provided by booking site Mirai mirrors that of other sites that have recently released figures.

According to their numbers, the most popular destination is the Canary Islands, where the weather is usually better at this time of year. Bookings made through Mirai represent 25% of all bookings for the Canary Islands and 15% each for the next three most popular destinations, Catalonia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands. Madrid follows with 12% of reservations and the Valencian Community with 10%.

More than half of reservations were made for four-star hotels and just under a quarter for three-star establishments, accounting for 79% of all rooms booked for April. The number of rooms booked is just below the number booked for the same period in 2019, with bad weather, inflation and the war in Ukraine all reportedly dampening the numbers.

Hotel stays are also a little shorter than before with 45% bookings for less than five nights, a quarter for six to eight nights. Nearly one reservation in five is for two nights or less and about 12% for more than one week.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, a return to near-normalcy could see the sector’s total GDP reach almost 142 billion euros, around 92% of pre-pandemic levels. Most analysts believe the numbers won’t recover until at least 2023 given the state of global economies and rising energy prices.

Although the numbers are down, this is generally good news for the tourism sector with 40% of hotel bookings coming from the country’s main markets and a total of 60% from abroad.

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