The survey carried out by the Galicia Tourism Cluster offers a very positive balance that points to the recovery of the sector, which between Thursday and Saturday registered occupancy levels prior to the pandemic in a large part of the territory.
The good weather forecasts for the holidays encouraged last-minute bookings with high occupancy in 4-star and above hotels and also in rural tourism.
The Way of St. James, with 1,500 pilgrims arriving daily to Compostela, left a high level of occupancy in the establishments along the route.
The main profile of the tourists who came to Galicia was of national origin, although in some destinations such as Santiago de Compostela, international tourism began to recover.
Occupancy in the Galician tourism sector during Easter Week exceeded expectations, registering percentages of between 75 % and 90 % in the areas consulted by the Galicia Tourism Cluster. The figures show the recovery of the sector, which between Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 April recorded occupancy levels in many areas that were typical of the pre-pandemic years.
The good weather forecasts for the holidays encouraged last-minute bookings with high occupancy in 4-star and above hotels and also in rural tourism, especially in the Ribeira Sacra and Mariña Lucense.
The Way of St. James, with 1,500 pilgrims arriving daily to Compostela, left a high level of occupancy in the existing establishments along the route.
The majority of tourists who came to Galicia were of national origin, although in some destinations, such as Santiago de Compostela, international tourism began to recover.
Analysis by territory
Looking at the analysis by areas, both in the province of Pontevedra and in the city of Vigo the occupancy figures exceeded the estimates made on the basis of the bookings made prior to Easter, reaching up to 80% between Thursday and Saturday, thanks to the improved weather forecasts.
In Sanxenxo, the average occupancy rate recorded was around 80 %, a figure which increased to around 90 % in 4-star hotels. These data also improve the forecasts for these dates.
Hotels in the city of A Coruña recorded very positive data with an occupancy rate of 80 %, while the percentage of cancellations was minimal. The Costa da Morte also improved on the forecast occupancy figures (which were around 60 %) thanks to last-minute bookings, especially in rural tourism establishments, with houses that were sold out.
The occupancy rate in Santiago de Compostela was around 80 %, with most bookings concentrated in the historic centre of the Galician capital, an area where there were hardly any free rooms for the holidays.
In Ferrol, where Easter Week has been declared of International Tourist Interest, occupancy figures reached 90 % on Thursday and Friday, while during the weekend bookings were between 70 and 80 %.
The figures for the province of Lugo vary depending on the area consulted, although they are also encouraging, especially in the Mariña Lucense, where the occupancy rate exceeded 75 %. The balance is very positive for the Ribeira Sacra, where occupancy was in line with expectations. In this area, 3 and 4 star hotels and rural tourism establishments were particularly successful, with occupancy figures of over 90 %. Finally, the arrival of the high-speed train to Ourense seems to boost tourism, as occupancy between Thursday and Saturday in the city was around 80%.