When a year of the most tense moments of the Catalan independence challenge, the Catalan tourist destinations recover attractiveness for the Spanish travelers facing the bridge of the Constitution. This is clear from the Occupation forecasts for the Turespaña public body for the holidays that start today. According to the document, Barcelona hotels will register an occupation of 61% and have already reserves to fill 51% of their places, 10 points more than last year in the same period. Similarly, the Catalan coast significantly improves its prospects and reserves have grown 14 points. In the general picture painted by Turespaña, urban tourism forecasts improve (with Bilbao, Granada, Seville and Madrid at the head of the occupation), while the islands and rural tourism fall.
Turespaña forecasts -based on a survey conducted on December 3 and 4 and a little more cautious than last year- point to a strong recovery of both the Catalan coast and Barcelona capital. In the case of the Costa Brava (Girona), the Maresme (Barcelona) and the Dorada (Tarragona), Turespaña provides an occupation of 71%, six points above what was expected last year. It is a prudent forecast, since a year ago at this point the Catalan coast already had reserves to fill 50% (finally, it reached 68%), while this year the reserves already reach 64% of the places, 14 points above.
Something similar happens in Barcelona, where reserves this year are 10 points higher than last year (51 vs. 41%). Thus, Turespaña expects 61% occupancy, compared to 52% that was expected a year ago. The Catalan capital finally registered on the bridge of the Constitution of 2017 an occupation of 46%. In general, the perspectives improve throughout the community: 55% of the places are already reserved, compared to 44% last year. It is expected to reach 65%, compared to 54% achieved a year ago.
In the set of geographic destinations and without distinction of accommodations, the occupation in the bridge of 2018 is forecast, with prudence, a little shorter than last year (62.7% against 64.3%), despite the fact that , in fact, the reserves that year are better (55.1% compared to 52.8%) and that the time seems like will accompany more than last year. The cities, especially, will register, according to Turespaña, a good boost of the occupation: reserves have grown four percentage points (60% versus 56%) and is expected to reach 69%, three points more than a year ago.
Bilbao is the city that will fill its hotel park the most, with an 84% occupation (it already has reserved 73% of the places, two points more than in 2017), followed by Granada, which already has 72% reservations and Expect it to reach 82%. Behind is Seville (reserves have grown three points, up to 73%, and is expected to fill 80%) and Madrid, which almost nailed the data of Seville. Malaga will also register good data, with a 77% expected occupation, with reservations already at 71%, four more points.
On the other side, the islands are located, whose prospects worsen this bridge with respect to 2017. The reserves have fallen two points in the Balearic Islands (from 45% to 43%) and eight in the Canary Islands (from 83% to 75%) and the Forecasts are worse in both destinations. Rural tourism will also lose customers, an area in which reserves have fallen three points (from 53% to 49%). In general, the outlook for inland tourism improves more (53% of reserves compared to 47% last year) than for the coastal one (61% compared to 58%).