Number of visitors to the Basque Country rose by 12% in September 2010
The total number of visitors for July, August and September was 88,000 more than in 2009, up by 14%.
In September 2010, there were 214,732 visitors registered in the hotel establishments of the Basque Country, 22,829 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 26% in Álava, 17% in Bizkaia and 2% in Gipuzkoa.
The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 8% and the number of overseas visitors rose by 20%. Visitors from within Spain increased there presence in Álava, up by 18%, and in Bizkaia where there rose by 14%, but decreased by 3% in Gipuzkoa. Foreign visitors were also up in number in the three provinces, with increases of 48% in Álava, 22% 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 Madrid, Comunidad Valenciana, Aragón, the Balearic Islands and Asturias, while visitors from Extremadura, Cantabria, Navarra and the Basque Country fell in number. In terms of foreign visitors, there was an increase, to a greater or lesser extent, in those from all countries except from Finland and Japan. Special mention should be made of the percentage increases in those from South and Central America, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Registered overnight stays in September 2010 stood at 414,777, which was 15% up on the same month of the previous year, in other words, there were 55,052 more overnight stays. The year-on-year performance of overnight stays was positive in the three provinces: it rose by 41% in Álava, by 22% in Bizkaia and by 2% in Gipuzkoa.
The length of the average stay increased with respect to September 2009, up from an average of 1.87 days in September 2009 to 1.93 days in the same month this year, for the Basque Country as a whole. By provinces, it increased from 1.68 to 1.88 days in Álava, from 1.77 to 1.85 days in Bizkaia, while it remained unchanged in Gipuzkoa at the 2.05 days registered in September 2009 and which was exactly the same in that month of this year.
The occupancy rate by beds was up by 9% to 52.18% for the Basque Country overall in September 2010. This increase affected the provinces of Álava, where the occupancy rate increased by 24%, up from 38.85% in September 2009 to 48.05% in that month this year, and Bizkaia, where this increase was 14%, rising from 43.13% in September 2009 to 49.28% in September 2010. In Gipuzkoa, the percentage remained practically the same, falling form occupancy of 58.11% in September 2009 to 57.90% in that month this year.
The number of visitors in the Basque Country increased by 14%, 88,000 more visitors, during the summer months of July August and September, with respect to the same period of 2009. It rose in the three provinces: it increased by 34% in Álava, by 13% in Bizkaia and by 8% in Gipuzkoa. The number of overnight stays also rose by 14% over that same period. The increase was 35% in Álava, 16% in Bizkaia and 6% in Gipuzkoa. The average stay remained unchanged D 0%) at an average of 2 days, and the degree of occupancy was 58.58% over these three months, 8% up on the same period of the previous year.
The number of visitors was up by 9% and overnight stays increased by 8% in the Basque Country, compared to September 2009
In September, there were 10,991 visitors in rural tourism establishments of the Basque Country and was up 9% with respect to the number of visitors at rural tourism establishments in September 2009. By provinces, the number was up by 32% in Álava, 9% in Gipuzkoa, while it fell by 1% in Bizkaia. The number of visitors from within Spain was up by 11% in the Basque Country: they were up by 24% in Álava, by 11% in Bizkaia and 2% in Gipuzkoa. The number of foreign visitors also increased by 8% for the Autonomous Community overall. It fell significantly in Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia, but rose notably in Álava, in percentage terms.
There were 29,012 overnight stays in rural tourism establishments in the Basque Country in September, which was 8% up on the same month of the previous year, with year-on-year positive growth being recorded in the three provinces: up by 44% in Álava, by 4% in Bizkaia and 1% in Gipuzkoa.
The average length of stay by visitor in the Basque Country overall decreased slightly with respect to September 2009, falling from 2.66 days a year ago to 2.64 days this September. There were increases of 13% and 5% in Álava and Bizkaia, respectively, as the average stay in Álava rose from 2.08 days in September 2009 to 2.36 days in September 2010 and in Bizkaia from 2.57 days in September 2009 to 2.71 days in the same month of this year. However, the average stay in Gipuzkoa fell by 7%, down from 2.90 days in September 2009 to 2.70 days in that month of this year.
The degree of occupancy by beds was up by 1%, rising from 24.27% occupancy to 24.52%, as a result in the increase noted in Álava (26%) and Bizkaia (1%), that offsets the fall registered in Gipuzkoa (-4%).
There was the same number of visitors in rural tourism establishments in the three months of July, August and September 2010 as for the same period of the previous year. The number of overnight stays rose by 10%, and increased in Álava and Gipuzkoa (29% and 12%, respectively, while the number of overnight stays in Bizkaia remained steady (0%)
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