Overnight stays in hotel establishments exceeded 3.5 million in March, which represents a decrease of 57.9% compared to the same month of 2020, its smallest drop since the arrival of the Covid, as reported this Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). Despite this, the health crisis and the restrictions adopted to curb infections continue to be felt in the sector, whose overnight stays in hotels have already accumulated 13 months of consecutive year-on-year setbacks.
Comparing with levels prior to the pandemic, that is, with March of the 2019 financial year, overnight stays in hotel establishments fell by 83.6% in March of this year.
The decrease in hotel overnight stays in March was noticeable both in those made by foreigners and in those made by Spaniards, although to a much greater extent by the former, who made 81.7% fewer overnight stays than in March 2020 , compared to the 17.2% decrease among nationals.
The number of open establishments decreased in March by 22% compared to the same month of 2020, reaching 8,416, a figure that represents 49.3% of the total of establishments in the directory.
According to INE data, the average stay fell by 35.6% in the interannual rate, standing at 2 nights per traveler, while the average billing of hotels per occupied room decreased in March by 16.2%, to 65 ,5 euros.