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Tourism forecasts

Occupancy over the December bank holidays will increase by 19%

Monday 4 December 2017

​In terms of establishment type, hotel bookings stand at 56.1% (compared with 47.2% last year) with forecasts expecting occupancy to reach 66.4%. In turn, ski accommodation bookings stand at 52%, with occupancy expected to reach 65%. Finally, rural accommodation bookings also stand at 52%, with occupancy expected to reach 58%.

By region, the Canary Islands tops the list with hotel occupancy expected to reach 88%. This is followed by the Basque Country (80%), the Region of Madrid and La Rioja (77% each) and Andalusia (73%). All regions have posted higher occupancy forecasts when compared with last year except Catalonia, which posted a forecast hotel occupancy rate of 56%. This is 13% lower than the figure posted in 2016 (65%).

The forecasts have also improved for the major cities. Granada and Bilbao top the list (with an occupancy rate forecast of 81%), followed by Seville (80%) and Madrid (79%). Barcelona has posted a noteworthy decrease, with a fall in bookings of 26.7% and a decrease in forecast occupancy of 26% on the figures posted in 2016.

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