The number of overnight stays in non-hotel tourist accommodation (apartments, camp sites and rural tourism) exceeded 5.1 million in November, representing an increase of 7.2% over the same month in 2012, according to data published last week by the National Statistics Institute.
This growth in the eleventh month of the year – the second consecutive positive month after registering an increase of 3.1% in October – was due to an increase in overnight stays by resident travellers, which rose by 12%, while non-residents’ stays increased by 5.8%.
The average length of stay fell by 4.5% in November, compared to the same month of 2012, to 6.1 nights per traveller.
El Economista reported that, during the first eleven months of 2013, non-hotel overnight stays increased by 0.9% compared to the previous year.
Stays in holiday apartments rose by 6.4% in November, with an increase of 20.4% for residents and 4.3% for non-residents. However, the average stay fell by 3.2%, to 7.6 nights per traveller.
The Canary Islands and Andalusia were the preferred destinations for stays in apartments, with the number of overnight stays rising by 2.8% and 6.9%, respectively, year-on-year. The Canary Islands was the region with the highest occupancy rate, with 82.1% of available apartments occupied.
The number of overnight stays in tourist camp sites in November recorded an increase of 14.6%, while stays in rural tourism accommodation rose by 0.6%. Stays in camp sites by resident travellers increased by 11.4% and non-resident travellers by 16%. Valencia was the preferred destination for camping, with more than 470,373 overnight stays, an increase of 17.6% year-on-year.
Overnight stays in rural tourism accommodation grew by 0.6% in November, mainly due to the increase in overnight stays by residents, of 1.1%, while stays by non-residents fell by 2.4%.
Castilla y León was the favourite destination for this kind of accommodation, with 93,099 overnight stays, representing an increase of 5.4% year-on-year.
According to the National Statistics Institute’s data, the tourist apartments price index registered an increase of 0.9% in November, while the camp sites price index also registered an increase of 0.9% compared to November 2012, and the rural tourism accommodation price index registered a decline of 2.1% in November, year-on-year.