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Spain: Tourism returns, hotel occupancy and rates shoot up

Robert Besser
28 May 2022, 13:49 GMT+10

MADRID, Spain: Hotels in Spain are seeing a rebound in tourism, increasing their rates by 36 percent in April over last year.

The rate of 96.3 euros per night on average during the Easter holidays was also 15 percent higher than in April 2019, before the pandemic struck in early 2020.

Rooms in five-star hotels averaged 226.5 euros per night, costing 23 percent more than one year ago, the National Statistics Institute said this week. Staying at two-star hotels was now 40 percent more expensive, with rates at 66 euros per night.

Hoteliers have been able to adjust their rates and cover the inflation and energy price rises thanks to a significant increase in foreign tourism, mostly from Britain and Germany.

In March and April this year, the number of clients staying in Spanish hotels rose more than five times from one year ago, with 40 percent of those in hotels being residents of the country, officials added.

Tourist arrivals in April, too, were at 86 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

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