Hotel occupancy increases in Spain during April

20:20, May 24, 2010      

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The month of April saw hotel occupancy increase slightly in Spain, despite the effects of the volcanic cloud on tourism throughout Europe.

Figures published by Spain's National Institute of Statistics (INE) show a total of 19.9 million nights were spent in Spanish hotels during the month. That is a 1 percent increase on the same month in 2009.

The number of night's occupancy from Spanish residents rose by 2 percent, while that from foreign visitors climbed by just 0.1 percent.

However, it must be born in mind that the number of foreign visitors to Spain was hit badly, and declined around 13 percent in relation to April 2009, due to the effects of the volcanic cloud, that caused chaos in air-traffic control and which led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Hotel residency increased by a total of 3.5 percent in the first four months of the year, although that is in part due to a 3.1 percent fall in prices. The average price for a Spanish hotel room is 66.2 euros (82 US dollars).

Meanwhile hotels are 48 percent full during the week, a figure that rises to 55.8 percent at weekends.

Source: Xinhua


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