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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Overnight stays in apartments drop by 61.8% in the Canary Islands due to coronavirus

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Overnight stays in tourist apartments collapsed in March in the Canary Islands by 61.8% compared to the same month of the previous year, to total just over 985,000, due to the 'zero tourist' caused by the coronavirus crisis in the second fortnight, according to data released this Monday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

The Canary Islands, however, was the preferred destination for tourists and reached an occupation of 30.8% of the total number of places, with an average stay of almost 11 days, while the apartment subsector employed 7,601 people. Of the total overnight stays, 936,201 corresponded to foreign tourists and the rest to residents in Spain.

In the country as a whole, overnight stays in non-hotel tourist accommodation (apartments, campsites, rural tourism accommodation and hostels) plummeted 63.2% in March in relation to the same month of 2019, reaching almost 2.5 million.

Overnight stays by residents of Spain fell 71.9% in the third month of the year, to 557,425, while those made by tourists from abroad fell by 59.6%. In March, the average stay stood at 7.4 nights per traveler.

In the first three months of the year, the coronavirus crisis has caused overnight stays in non-hotel establishments to fall by 21.4% compared to the same period in 2019.

The Statistics institute recalls that an order on March 19 that developed into the state of alarm determined the suspension of all hotels and tourist accommodation and other short-stay accommodation, camping sites, caravan parks and other establishments located anywhere in the national territory. Thus, as of March 19, tourist accommodation progressively closed, and its activity was completely suspended on March 26.

The INE explains that the closure of non-hotel establishments has generated an "unprecedented problem" in the area of data collection. Most of this process took place during the first fortnight of April, when the establishments were already closed to the public and they did not generally have services available to go to request statistical information. 

"These events have especially hampered the collection of information this month, with a reduction in  response rate," said the INE, which has considered that the data at the national level and by autonomous community are of sufficient quality for its diffusion.

According to Statistics, overnight stays in tourist apartments plummeted 65.5% in March in relation to the same month of 2019; overnight stays in campsites decreased by 50.9%; rural tourism plunged 76%, and those made in hostels fell 62.9%.


In tourist apartments alone, overnight stays decreased 65.5% in March, 68.8% for residents and 64.8% for non-residents. The average stay increased 50.3% as compared to March 2019, standing at 8.6 nights per traveler.

Likewise, in March 21.7% of the places offered by tourist apartments were occupied, 35.6% less than in the same month of 2019 and the degree of occupancy by places at the weekend stood at 21, 8%, with a decrease of 41.3%.

Overnight stays by non-residents in tourist apartments represented 83.1% of the total.

United Kingdom is the main source market, with 428,229 overnight stays, 63.1% less than in March 2019, followed by Germany, with 202,240 overnight stays, 60.4% less.

By destinations, the Canary Islands is the preferred destination and in the Balearic Islands the highest occupancy is reached with 46% of the apartments offered.

According to INE data, the Tourist Apartment Price Index (IPAP) increased by 2.8% in March compared to the same month of 2019.


Overnight stays at campsites registered a decrease of 50.9% in March, as compared with the same month of the previous year. Those of residents fell by 72.2% and those of non-residents by 39.3%.

During the month of March, 41.4% of the plots offered were occupied, 14.9% more than in the same month of 2019. The degree of occupancy by plots at the weekend reached 33.9%, with a annual decrease of 10.5%.

80% of overnight stays in campsites are made by non-resident travelers. The United Kingdom is the main issuing market, with 44.5% of overnight stays by non-residents, 16.8% less than in March 2019.

The Valencian Community is the preferred destination for camping, with 425,890 overnight stays, which represents a decrease of 34.6% in annual rate. This community also reached the highest occupancy rate, with 67.5% of the plots offered.


Overnight stays in rural tourism accommodation presented an annual decrease of 76% in March. Those of residents fell by 79.5% and those of non-residents by 63%.

6.3% of the beds are occupied in rural tourism accommodation, 50.5% less than in March 2019. The weekend occupancy rate stood at 12.7%, with an annual increase 52%.

By communities, Castilla y León was the preferred destination, with 20,353 overnight stays, 82.7% less than in March 2019. The Canary Islands reached the highest occupancy rate, with 23.8% of the places offered.

The Campsite Price Index (IPAC) rises 2.2% in annual rate and the Rural Tourism Accommodation Price Index (IPTR) 1.4%.

As regards the hostels, overnight stays registered an annual decrease of 62.9% in March. Those of residents fell by 63.6% and those of non-residents by 61.5%.

20.9% of the places were occupied, 23.4% less than in March 2019. The weekend occupancy rate reached 24.8%, with a decrease of 20.6%.

By communities, Catalonia was the preferred destination, with 25,451 overnight stays, 63% less than in March 2019. In the Canary Islands, the highest occupation was reached, with 47.6% of the places offered.


Overnight stays in the collective tourist accommodation (hotels, apartments, camping sites, rural tourism accommodation and hostels) decreased 61.6% in March. Those of residents are down 66% and those of non-residents are down 59% compared to March 2019.

The average stay increased 16.5%, standing at 3.7 nights per traveler.

Of the total overnight stays in collective tourist accommodation, 77% corresponded to hotels and 23% to non-hotel tourist accommodation.

The main source markets for tourist accommodation are the British (with 26.8% of the total overnight stays by non-residents), the German (20.5%) and the French (6.3%).

The Canary Islands was the preferred destination, with more than 3.6 million overnight stays (56.1% less than in March 2019). Followed by Andalusia, with 1.8 million (a decrease of 61.9%) and Catalonia, with 1.3 million (an annual decrease of 65.8%).