Galician hotels closed the month of July receiving more travelers, recording a significant increase in the number of overnight stays and an improvement in quality indicators. This is reflected in data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) – in the absence of collecting data for travelers and overnight stays recorded in other types of accommodation (rural tourism establishments, tourist apartments, hostels and campsites).
According to these data, the Galician hotel sector received 546,620 travellers in July, 7.6% more than in the same period last year. It is worth noting the strong momentum of international tourism, which recorded a rise of 12.2%. Even so, our region continues to be one of the main destinations of travelers living in Spain, ranking 5th by autonomous communities.
Galician hotels not only received a greater number of visitors in July, but these made a greater number of nights. The total number of overnight stays exceeded 1.2 million, 6.7% more than in July 2018.
From these data, the average stay (total number of travellers among the number of overnight stays) was 2.24 nights, similar to previous years.
The INE data also show that the occupancy rate experienced a rise of nearly 3%, reaching a figure of 53.61% very similar to that of 2017. Weekend occupancy averaged 62.14%, with slower growth of 1.78%.
If we talk about accumulated numbers, Galicia has received in the first seven months of the year a total of 2,370,169 visitors – in the absence of knowing the figures of the extrahotel offer that the INE will publish next week.
The Galician hotel sector achieves better profitability figures
The bet for the professionalization and the improvement of the competitiveness of the Galician hotel establishments is reflected in the improvement of both the profitability and the tariffs.
Specifically, the improvement in profitability (RevPAR – average income per room) stands out, which is 7.3% higher than 2018 and stands at 35.80€ in the highest figure of the decade.
On the other hand, the Average Daily Rate (ADR) rose by 2.37% in the same period to 64.13€.
Lugo leads growth
In terms of data by province, all recorded a positive and homogeneous behaviour of hotel demand.
In absolute terms, Pontevedra is the province that absorbs the greatest volume of demand in the Community as a whole thanks to the good data recorded in the coastal destinations. It is followed by A Coruña, Lugo and Ourense.
As far as the percentage of growth and putting the sight in the volume of nights, Lugo is the province that more growth, with 14.2%; followed by Pontevedra, with 6.5%; Ourense, with 5.7%, and A Coruña, with 5.1%, some increases equal to the number of passengers accommodated.