The observatory of Tourism Rías Baixas registered an average occupation during July of about 50% and in August of 61% in the province of Pontevedra, data that “show that the destination has a huge strength and that its model of sustainable tourism is the right way”, has valued the president of the Deputation of Pontevedra, ,Carmela Silva, who has released the data of occupation of the whole of the province and by territories during the summer.
By regions, O Salnés got 49.5% in July and 62.1% in August, highlighting towns such as Sanxenxo, which in July exceeded 50.5% and in August 65.5%, and O Grove, with an occupation of 53.2% in July and 63.9% in August. The region of Pontevedra, in July registered a percentage of 45.3% and in August 61.6%. In this case, the city of Pontevedra exceeded 42.4% in July and in August it reached 63% (with higher peaks in the first fortnight of the month) and villas like Poio ended August maintaining 70% occupation.
The region of Vigo reached 47.6% in July and 59.2% in August. In this case, the president highlighted the figures of Bayonne, with 58.3% occupation in July and 75.4% in August, and those of the city of Vigo, which exceeded 50% in July and 61% in August, and which registered the lowest decrease in visitors and contracted nights in Galicia (with 19,877 visitors and 50,078 overnight stays).
Also in the case of Vigo, Silva indicated that visitors stayed an average of 2.52 days in July, “which is the highest figure since August 2013 and even higher than last year, when it was 2.4 days. On the other hand, the region of O Morrazo got 66.7% in July and 77.2% in August; Baixo Miño got 49.7% in July and 68.3% in August; O Condado and A Paradanta got 46.7% in July and 68.3% in August, and Deza and Terra de Montes got 37.8% in July and 47.3% in August.
Excellent results for rural tourism
Silva has highlighted the “spectacular” data of rural tourism that, in this 2020, surpassed the records of 2019 with an average of 72.35% in summer, 65.3% in July and 79.4% in August. In July, occupancy was up to 9.3 points higher than in the same month of 2019, when it reached 56.7%, and in August the data was maintained.
As far as regions are concerned, O Salnés got 59% in July (1.1 points more than the same month last year) and 69.9% in August, with figures that exceeded 80% in July and 85% in August in towns like Sanxenxo. The region of Pontevedra surpassed 58.9% in July and 75.3% in August, with data that reached 100% in the establishments of rural tourism capital of the province.
On the other hand, O Morrazo registered 80.6% in July (five points more than in 2019) and 88.9% in August; Caldas 66.4% in July (19.7 points more than in 2019) and 83.2% in August; the region of Vigo 48% in July (8.4 points more than the same month last year) and 70% in August; O Baixo Miño 82.4% in July (9.34 points more than in 2019) and 92% in August (1 point more than in August 2019); the counties of Condado and A Paradanta 69.7% in July (9.2 points more than in 2019) and 73.1% in August (2.2 more) and Deza and Terra de Montes 57.5% in July (18.4 points more than in July 2019) and 73.1% in August (2.2 more points).
Tourist campsites and housing
As for the data on the occupation of the campsites in the province, the average was 61.15%, with 57.5% in July and 64.8% in August. In towns such as Sanxenxo the occupation reached 38.4% and 52.5% in July and August respectively, in O Grove 56 and 66% and in Vigo 80 and 90%.
On the other hand, tourist housing got an occupancy rate of 68% in July, six points lower than the one registered in 2019, and in August, in the first fortnight, 90%. Regarding the profile of the visitors, Carmela Silva detailed that they were “mainly families” who came for the first time to the Rías Baixas, “surely to avoid overcrowded destinations”, and emphasized the “high occupation” of the interior of the province, “with a high demand for isolated houses, with swimming pool and garden”. The tourists who came to the Info Rías Baixas office network, almost 100% came from the rest of the state, mainly from Madrid, the Basque Country, Navarre and Catalonia. Foreign tourism, as was the case in the rest of the state, was almost irrelevant without exceeding 5%.