Spending on Easter was cut practically in half due to restrictions


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Spaniards spent an average of 166 euros during Holy Week compared to 325 euros in 2019, practically half, due to restrictions. Likewise, a disbursement was recorded 37% less than expected in March, the month in which they expressed an intention to spend an average of 262 euros, according to the study by El Observatorio Cetelem.

The analysis reflects how the highest percentage is found in those who declare having spent less than 50 euros (39% compared to 28% in March). It is followed by 28% who declare having made an expense that ranges between 100 and 300 euros, specifically, an average of 206 euros, with 28% of mentions compared to 30% of intentionality expressed in March.

According to Cetelem, only 11% declare having spent more than 300 euros compared to 23% who planned to do so in March, allocating an average expenditure of about 737 euros.

As for the ‘top 3’ of activities that the surveyed Spaniards have transmitted having carried out during this Holy Week, it is very different from before the pandemic where traveling was one of the favorites. So, this Easter, Eight out of ten Spaniards surveyed affirm that they have spent their vacation days resting, staying at home and seeing friends. It is followed by those who have taken the opportunity to go shopping, with 42% of mentions, a percentage higher than the intentions expressed in March, which were 24%.

The ‘top 3’ is closed by carrying out outdoor sports activities with 31% of mentions, five percentage points above the intentions expressed a month ago.

The rest of the activities show a lower percentage than the wishes expressed in March, the most notable being that of traveling within the possibilities, which has gone from 34% to 15%.

The same happens, according to the analysis, with regard to rural tourism, whose intentions showed a percentage of 21% in March and have finally been reduced to 10%.

Another activity that presents a lower percentage of completion compared to the intentions expressed last month is going out to restaurants, with 26% of mentions compared to 32% in March.

Among the Spaniards who declare that they have made a lower expense due to the restrictions to travel due to the pandemic, the main reasons mentioned are in the first place: saving without having thought about the destination that will give the money later. in second place, 25% say they have saved to spend more to travel when conditions improve, although this percentage shows a decrease of 7 points compared to the intentions expressed in March. It is important to point out that finally the percentage of those who declared that they intend to spend more in hospitality has been reduced by 15 percentage points, with only 15% being those who have spent more on going out to restaurants in their surroundings.

According to Cetelem, the percentage of those who declared that they intend to spend more on hospitality has been reduced by 15 percentage points, with only 15% being those who have spent more to go out to restaurants in their surroundings.

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