Galician hotels beat their all-time record number of visitors in July

The more than 615,000 travellers who stayed during last month are the best data in the INE’s historical series.


Galicia was the fifth community with the highest number of overnight stays by Spanish residents.


The good occupancy prospects with which the hotel sector faced the month of July have been more than fulfilled in Galicia. The hotels in the community registered a total of 615,150 visitors last month, a figure that not only represents a significant increase over the 498,954 of July last year, but has also allowed them to far exceed the 538,734 of the same month of 2019 (before the covid pandemic) and set a new record for that month in the historical series of the hotel occupancy survey of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which collects data since 1999.


This increase in the number of visitors to Galician hotels has also translated into an increase in overnight stays and a new record: the 1,305,670 registered during last July surpasses the 1,081,020 of the same month in 2021, the 1,218,281 of 2019 and the 1,267,165 of 2017, the previous record in the INE’s historical series.


By provinces, A Coruña leads the Galician ranking of visitors in hotels, with 276,093 compared to 218,893 in Pontevedra, but the tables are reversed in terms of overnight stays, since Pontevedra hotels added 558,917, while those in the province of A Coruña stood at 538,712. In both cases, the figures are better than the pre-pandemic data for July 2019. For their part, the hotels of Lugo added 87,835 visitors and 145,386 overnight stays, and those of Ourense, 32,329 visitors and 62,655 overnight stays.


The data made public by the INE also shows that the average occupancy rate of Galician hotels was 56.8% during the month of July, which places the region thirteen points below the national average occupancy rate, but ahead of other regions such as Madrid, Navarra, Castilla y León, Aragón, La Rioja, Extremadura, Melilla and Castilla-La Mancha.


In addition, Galicia is one of the communities preferred by Spanish visitors, ranking as the fifth territory with the highest number of overnight stays by national residents in its hotels during the month of July. Only Andalucía, Cataluña, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Islas Canarias exceeded the number of overnight stays in Galicia.