The Xacobeo placed Galicia at the top of the national ranking for overnight stays in hostels, rural tourism doubled the number of visitors and tourist apartments and campsites recorded an increase of more than 60%.
The good evolution of the Galician tourism sector during 2021 has also been seen in the field of extra-hotel accommodation, experiencing a significant increase compared to 2020 and approaching and in some cases even surpassing the pre-pandemic figures. This is reflected in the data from the survey on extra-hotel occupancy recently published by the National Statistics Institute, which analyses the evolution of tourist apartments, campsites, rural tourism establishments and hostels.
In the case of both tourist apartments and campsites, the increase in the number of travellers in 2021 compared to 2020 exceeds 60%. Thus, in the apartments, the figure rose from 89,485 to 143,291, while in the case of campsites, the 285,000 travellers last year also far exceeded the 173,000 of the previous year. In both cases, last year’s figures were even slightly higher than those of the last year before the covid pandemic, 2019.
Even better was the evolution of the sector of the hostels that saw how their direct link with the Camino de Santiago and the celebration of the first year of Xacobeo 21-22 boosted them to a total of 478,000 travellers and more than half a million pernotations, placing Galicia at the head of the state ranking for this type of accommodation during the past year.
As for rural tourism establishments, the evolution over the past year was also very positive, since the number of travellers doubled from 77,000 in 2020 to 158,000 in 2021. Although this total figure is still below the 227,000 travellers with which it closed 2019.