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July hotel figures better than expected: 4.1 million foreign holidaymakers in one month
26 August 2020 @ 14:10

HOTEL occupation has been better than expected across Spain for July, thanks to Spaniards opting to take their holidays in their home country rather than travelling abroad.

And despite the UK's two-week quarantine requirements for travellers from Spain, including returning holidaymakers, and restrictions imposed by other European nations, a total of 15.2% hotel guests in July were from Britain and 25.1% were from Germany.

Whilst this is still considerably lower than in a 'normal' year, it shows the desire to get to Spain in summer remains widespread in northern Europe and bodes well for future seasons when the pandemic is finally under control and everyone free to spend time abroad again.

Although hotel guests coming from France, The Netherlands and Belgium fell drastically, still between two and three in 10 of the usual numbers opted to spend their holidays in Spain.

These figures do not count expatriates in Spain originally from these countries, but refer exclusively to those who have journeyed directly from them and may include residents in them of different nationalities altogether.

Around 50% of the usual numbers of residents in Spain – Spaniards and other nationalities – occupied hotel rooms in July, or a total of 7.4 million in total.

Holidaymakers from abroad staying in Spanish hotels totalled 4.1 million.

This overall figure of 11.5 million in the month of July represented a fall of 73.4% across the board based upon numbers from last year, but is still equivalent to a quarter of the population of Spain and shows that fears of 'zero tourism' in summer 2020 are not entirely founded.



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