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Number of visitors to the Basque Country rose by 12% in July 2010

2010 August 20

Overnight stays were also up by 11% compared to July 2009

In July 2010, there were 241,165 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country, 25,000 up on the same month of the previous year, in other words, a 12% increase, according to Eustat data. The number of visitors rose by 27% in Álava, 5% in Bizkaia and 14% in Gipuzkoa.

The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 9% and the number of overseas visitors rose by 16%. The number of visitors from within Spain increased in the three provinces: They were up by 17% in Álava, by 5% in Bizkaia and 10% in Gipuzkoa. Foreign visitors were also up in number in the three provinces, with increases of 50% in Álava, 5% in Bizkaia and 19% in Gipuzkoa.

With regard to the visitors from within Spain, the greatest increase in the percentage of visitors was among those from Madrid, Catalonia, Comunidad Valenciana, Asturias, Andalusia and Galicia, while there was a downturn in the number from the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha and Navarra. In terms of foreign visitors, there was an increase, to a greater or lesser extent, in those from all countries except from Luxembourg, Denmark and Finland. Special mention should be made of the percentage increases in the number from France, Portugal and Ibero-America.

Registered overnight stays in July 2010 totalled 467,594, which was 11% up on the same month of the previous year, in other words, there were 45,500 more overnight stays. The year-on-year performance of overnight stays was positive in the three provinces: it rose by 21% in Álava, by 7% in Bizkaia and by 12% in Gipuzkoa.

The length of the average stay fell slightly with respect to July 2009 and went from an average stay of 1.95 days in July 2009 to 1.94 days this July, for the Basque Country as a whole. By provinces, it went from 1.83 to 1.74 days in Álava, from 2.16 to 2.12 days in Gipuzkoa, while it rose from 1.82 to 1.85 days in Bizkaia.

The occupancy rate by beds was up 5% to 56.22% in July 2010. It should be noted that this increase affected Álava and Gipuzkoa, where occupancy was up 6% and 12%, respectively, to 48.49% occupancy in Álava and 67.83% in Gipuzkoa. In Bizkaia, the occupancy rate by beds did not significantly change with respect to July 2009, as it only rose from 50.11% to 50.17% in July this year.



The number of visitors was up by 16% and of overnight stays increased by 12% in the Basque Country, compared to July 2009

The number of visitors in rural tourism establishments of the Basque Country totalled 15,968 in July which was up by 16% with respect to the same month of the previous year, with positive results in the three provinces: 5% in Álava, 10% in Bizkaia and, to a greater extent, 23% in Gipuzkoa. The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 17% in the Basque Country: it was up by 16% in Álava, 10% in Bizkaia and 21% in Gipuzkoa. The number of foreign visitors also increased by 10% for the Autonomous Community overall, but fell significantly in Álava. It rose notably in Gipuzkoa and, to a lesser degree in Bizkaia, in percentage terms.

There were 47,828 overnight stays in rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country in July which was 12% up on the previous year, with year-on-year positive growth being recorded in Álava (16%) and Gipuzkoa (18%), while it remained constant in BIzkaia.

The average stay per visitor fell slightly for the Basque Country as a whole with respect from July 2009, down from 3.09 days a year ago to 3.00 this July. This negative performance was also noted in Gipuzkoa, where the average stay fell by 4$ from 3.39 days in July 2009 and to 3.26 days in July 2010, and in Bizkaia, where it went from 2.88 in July of last year to 2.63 this July. On the other hand, the length of the average stage rose by 10% in Álava, up from 2.52 days in July 2009 to 2.77 in July 2010.

The degree of occupancy by beds was up by 6%, rising from 36.10% occupancy to 38.29%, as a result in the increase noted in Gipuzkoa (14%) and Álava (3%), that offsets the fall registered in Bizkaia (-6.%).


For further information:

Euskal Estatistika-Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
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Contact: Gerardo Pérez Aja
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Further press releases on EETR - Survey on Tourist Establishments of the Basque Country
Databank on EETR - Survey on Tourist Establishments of the Basque Country


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