In the current situation of uncertainty, a significant percentage of people still yearn to travel when the new normality arrives. These days, surveys and reports follow one another, and one of them, the one from Weekendesk, a portal of thematic escapes, places Galicia for the first time in the top ten of trips sought by Spaniards to enjoy their summer. According to this report, since the beginning of May, travel searches have increased by 29% and the months of July, August and September account for 75% of holiday package bookings with summer travel in mind.
The analysis of the perception of the Weekendesk.es users (which has measured the searches of the portal, the answers of the users to the online agency and the first advance bookings) reveals that the travel sector will be marked by the local tourism, destinations very close to home, a few kilometres away and which guarantee connection with nature, being the countryside, the mountain and the beach the ones that monopolize the preferences. 89% of the searches in Weekendesk.es are related to places a few kilometres away from the residence so that users can travel with their vehicle, the preferred means of transport for most of those who want to make a trip in the next few months.
Andalusia is thus emerging as a favourite destination both for Andalusians themselves and for the rest of Spanish travellers, especially for those who prefer natural enclaves. The beaches are the most demanded product, with 56% of the sales, followed by relax and rural tourism (32%). Galicia is the most reserved destination in the northern area and the second in Spain, with 18% of advance sales. 57% choose the Galician coast, while rural tourism is consolidated as one of the most demanded options, with 22% of the reserves. Asturias and Cantabria bring together a good part of the searches and the coasts of the Mediterranean also acquire more prominence for the Spanish, with Valencia and Catalonia leading the sales.
Origin of searches
By origin of the web traffic, most of the searches in this portal come from the Valencian Community, which has registered an increase of 61% of the queries. Next come the people of Madrid (+58%), closely followed by Andalusia (+56%), the Basque Country (+54%) and Catalonia (+43%).
“After a few months of standstill, the analysis of the perception of the users of Weekendesk.es reveals a greater interest in rediscovering nearby destinations in quiet environments with the clear purpose of resting”, explains Brigitte Hidalgo, Deputy Director of Weekendesk.
On the other hand, according to the conclusions of the report, 50% of the users of this website expect to travel when mobility restrictions are lifted. 61% plan to be away from home for at least a week.
Charming hotels, private jacuzzi and half board lead the search
Hygiene and safety conditions are now one of the main concerns of the Spanish people and stand out on the list of essential requirements when choosing an accommodation, as detailed in the Weekendesk’s analysis of perceptions. Half and full board are being demanded by 75% of future travellers. Choosing accommodation that meets all the requirements of cleanliness and disinfection is, at present, an essential need.
Charming hotels account for more than half of the searches, followed by rural accommodations, as they are the ones that allow to blend in with nature. Those who plan to travel to the beach are inclined towards three and four star hotels with swimming pools. The jacuzzi, private spa and wellness services (such as massages) are the most requested services for the new holidays, along with local gastronomic tasting plans and cultural activities. Spaniards plan to spend an average of 200 euros on their short trips.