The platform’s figures show that hotel reservations throughout Spain increased more than 1000% during the two months preceding the summer, since they fell to just 5% on April 27 compared to 2019 data, the lowest level since COVID-19 paralyzed the tourism sector in March.
The good data, they explain, is marked by the increase in domestic tourists “who have made more than two thirds of all hotel reservations in the last three months and will account for more than 65% of all hotel accommodation in August”
A survey by the National Emitting Tourism Observatory (ObservaTUR) published by HOSTELTUR confirms that although the uncertainty about the development of new coronavirus outbreaks persists, 45% of the surveyed Spanish travelers plan to travel this summer from August 1, although they will spend an average of 595 euros, almost 110 euros less than the year past.
The results of the SiteMinder World Hotel Index are prior to the quarantine imposed by the United Kingdom and note that the Recovery of reserves has been above the world average since mid-June, beating direct competitors such as Italy (41% year-on-year) or Morocco (33% year-on-year).
Sara Padrosa, Director for Spain of SiteMinder stressed that “despite the impact of the current pandemic, the Spanish continue to support the country’s tourism industry, which has been essential to achieve the number of hotel reservations that we see today” and that must Because, as HOSTELTUR published, more than 90% of Spaniards plan to make a trip within the national territory before the end of 2021.
The interest of travelers is mainly located on the coast and this is demonstrated by the recovery of hotel reservations in cities such as Valencia (59% year-on-year) and Malaga (57% year-on-year).
Due to the outbreaks of coronavirus, the situation of hotels in Barcelona and Madrid is different.
“The stricter travel restrictions have caused the volume of reservations in Barcelona to have contracted from decreases of 42% compared to 2019 to the current 26%, while hotel reservations in Madrid have been around 30% since the beginning of July, as the capital prepares to take new measures to avoid a second wave of coronavirus ”, concludes the report with reservation data made by the more than 35,000 SiteMinder clients, through more than 400 reservation channels.
It must be remembered that due to the outbreaks, Berlin has asked not to make tourist trips to Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra, while the Netherlands rejects routes to Barcelona and its periphery. (See: Germany and the Netherlands advise against traveling to various destinations in Spain)