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Overnight stays of foreigners in hotels far exceed those of Spaniards

The average stay per traveler also increased 38.3% compared to October 2020, standing at 3.0 nights per traveler

Hotel at the seaside in Palma Nova, a town on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, in the municipality of Calvià. Photo: Pixabay.
Hotel by the sea in Palma Nova, a town on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, in the municipality of Calvia. Photo: Pixabay.

Tourist arrivals to Spain continue to rise sharply compared to a year ago, when travel restrictions due to the pandemic were at their highest point.

According to the Spanish statistical office (INE), in October Spanish hotels registered more than 23.8 million overnight stays. This record represents an increase of 365.6% compared to the same month in 2020, when there were just 5.1 million.

Based on the origin of the guests, the overnight stays of travelers residing in Spain exceeded 9.5 million, representing 39.9% of the total. On the other hand, the stays of non-residents stood at over 14.3 million.

Travelers from Germany and the United Kingdom account for 24.3% and 21.4%, respectively, of total overnight stays by non-residents.

Overnight stays of travelers from France, the Netherlands and Belgium (the following source markets) accounted for 10.1%, 6.9% and 3.5% of the total, respectively.

Main destinations

The Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and Andalusia were the main destinations of the total number of travelers in Spain in October, with 21.2%, 16.5% and 16.0% of total overnight stays, respectively.

The average stay per traveler also increased 38.3% compared to October 2020, standing at 3.0 nights per traveler.

In October, 13,574 hotel establishments were open in Spain, 27.2% more than in the same month of 2020.

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