Over Easter, Spain’s hotels are expected to feel a drop of 10 percent down to 75% occupancy rate mainly due to the growing economic crisis and rising unemployment, according to CEHAT – Spain’s association of tourism accommodation and hotels.
Spain’s hotels have seen later booking, even after a general decrease in prices of between 12-15% in urban hotels and between 5-8% in seaside destinations.
The figure which most raises concern though is that 70% of the tourism over the Easter Holidays will be national tourism.
Winners and losers
The Balearic Islands are expecting an average hotel occupancy of between 65-75%, with Ibiza expected to reach 85% occupancy. The Canary Islands are expected to see around 70% hotel occupancy, with Lanzarote and Gran Canaria possibly achieving 80%.
The least affected appear to be down south on the mainland, with Andalucia expecting a hotel occupancy of between 80-90%. With hotels in Cadiz and along the Costa del Sol having around 80% of its beds filled. Cordoba and Sevilla will see up to 85% of its beds booked, and the hotels in Granada and Sierra Nevada nearly fully.
Madrid and Barcelona, appear to be worse affected with hotels in the region expected to only reach 60-70% occupancy.