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Number of visitors to the Basque Country rose by 18% in August 2010

2010 September 23

Overnight stays were also up by 16% compared to August 2009

 

In August 2010, there were 266,069 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country, 40,140 up on the same month of the previous year, in other words, a 18% increase, according to Eustat data. The number of visitors rose by 50% in Álava, 18% in Bizkaia and 7% in Gipuzkoa.

 

The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 17% and the number of overseas visitors rose by 20%. The number of visitors from within Spain increased in the three provinces: They were up by 50% in Álava, by 17% in Bizkaia and 5% in Gipuzkoa. Foreign visitors were also up in number in the three provinces, with increases of 50% in Álava, 20% in Bizkaia and 10% in Gipuzkoa.

 

With regard to the visitors from within Spain, the greatest increase in the percentage of visitors was among those from Catalonia, Madrid, Andalusia Comunidad Valenciana, Castilla y León and Asturias, while there was a drop in the number of visitors from Cantabria and the Balearic Islands. In terms of foreign visitors, there was an increase, to a greater or lesser extent, in those from all countries except from Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland. Special mention should be made of the percentage increases in those from France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany.

 

Registered overnight stays in August 2010 stood at 560,371, which was 16% up on the same month of the previous year, in other words, there were 75,600 more overnight stays. The year-on-year performance of overnight stays was positive in the three provinces: it rose by 44% in Álava, by 20% in Bizkaia and by 5% in Gipuzkoa.

 

The length of the average stay fell slightly with respect to August 2009 and went from an average stay of 2.15 days in August 2009 to 2.11 days in the same month of this year, for the Basque Country as a whole. By provinces, it went from 1.89 to 1.82 days in Álava, from 2.36 to 2.31 days in Gipuzkoa, while it rose from 2.02 to 2.04 days in Bizkaia.

 

The occupancy rate by beds was up 9% to 67.02% for the Basque Country overall in August 2010. This increase was registered in the three provinces, although to different degrees. In Álava, the occupancy rate increased by 28% from 44.25% in August 2009 to 56.58% in the same month this year. The rate increased by 11% in Bizkaia, rising from 57.78% in August 2009 to 64.02% in August 2010 and there was also a 4% increase in Gipuzkoa, where the occupancy rate for August 2010 was 75.70%.

 

RURAL TOURISM

 

There was no noticeable change to the number of visitors (0%) and the number of overnight stays increased by 10% in the Basque Country, compared to August 2009

 

In August, there were 15,370 visitors in rural tourism establishments of the Basque Country and the figure remained practically unchanged compared to the number of visitors at rural tourism establishments in 2009. By provinces, there were no significant changes to the number of visitors in Gipuzkoa in August 2010 compared to 2009, while the number increased by 32% in Álava. The number fell by 15% in Bizkaia. The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 5% in the Basque Country: by 39% in Gipuzkoa, 8% in Álava and 12% in Bizkaia. The number of foreign visitors also increased by 23% for the Autonomous Community overall. It fell significantly in Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia, but rose notably in Álava, in percentage terms.

 

There were 76,670 overnight stays in rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country in August which was 10% up on the previous year, with year-on-year positive growth being recorded in Álava (32%) and Gipuzkoa (12%), while it fell by 2% in BIzkaia.

 

The average length of stay per visitor in the Basque Country overall increased with respect to August 2009, rising from 4.44 days a year ago to 4.87 days this August. This positive trend was noted in Bizkaia, where it rose by 15% from an average stay of 3.99 days in August 2009 to 4,58 days in August 2010, and in Gipuzkoa, where it was up from 4.82 in August of the previous year to 5.37 in the same month of this year. On the other hand, the length of the average stay rose by 7% in Álava, up from 4.25 days in August 2009 to 3.96 in August 2010.

 

The degree of occupancy by beds was up by 5%, rising from 58.91% occupancy to 61.89%, as a result in the increase noted in Álava (19%) and Gipuzkoa (8%), that offsets the fall registered in Bizkaia (-4%).

 

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For further information:

Basque Statistics Office
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Tlf:+34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: eustat@eustat.es
Contact: Gerardo Pérez Aja
T el:+34-945-01 75 06 F ax:+34-945-01 75 01
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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