June Tourism Round Up – Brits Up, Germans Down, Hotels Highest Occupancy in Spain

Despite widespread reports of a crisis in Ibiza’s upper end hotels, with many slashing their prices in July and August, the overall Hotel occupancy rates reported in June were very high in the Balearics – actually the highest in Spain – with the Pitiuses, Ibiza and Formentera, high on the Balearic chart.

Meanwhile airport flow shows an ongoing drop in German tourism, though despite all odds the British market is up yet again.

Ibiza Airport Statistics

  • The German market dropped by 6.7% and the British market increased by 3% in June

The arrival of German tourists at the airport in Ibiza in June confirms the downward trend of the German market, according to data from Spanish Airports and Navigation Company (AENA)

In June there were 592,456 arrivals at Ibiza airport (of all nationalities), 2.5% more than in the same month of 2017. The cumulative rise of the first six months of the year was 7.3%.

German Decline

Until April, with a total of 20,905 German tourists, there had been an increase of 50% in this market. “It seemed that this market was recovering, but with the season [May and June] has come the fall”, explains the vice president of the Hotel Federation of Ibiza and Formentera, Juanjo Riera. speaking to the Diario de Ibiza. Specifically, in June, 51,618 visitors from Germany were registered (55,358 in 2017).

Although it is still early, the vice president of hoteliers predicts that at the end of the season the decline of German tourism could be at 5%.

British Loyalty

Traditionally, the German is the third most important foreign market for the Pitiüses, behind the British and the Italian.

The arrival of tourists of the United Kingdom in June was of 172.027, 3.1% more than in the same month of 2017.

In the first six months of the year, the number of Britons who landed at the airport stood at 356,580, 1% more than in 2017. Riera said that this data demonstrates “the loyalty” of the British market to Ibiza, even in the current market of many competing destinations.

Italian and Dutch market

Regarding the Italian market, with a total of 76,988 arrivals to Ibiza, there was an increase of 4% in June, while in the calculation of the first half of the year the number of visitors amounted to 158,855, which meant an increase of 7.1%.

The arrival of Dutch tourists also maintains an upward trend, according to data from AENA, with an increase of 8.4% in June (46,015 in total) and an annual accumulated of 6.8% (127,138 tourists from January to June).

Rise of national arrivals

The other significant fact is the increase in national tourism, which, with a total of 187,765 entries (both commercial and domestic air traffic), rose by 5.1% last month. The accumulated of the year stands at 12.5%.

Hotel Occupancy

  • The Pitiusas had a hotel occupation of 82.5% in June

The Balearic Islands led the hotel occupancy in Spain last month with 82.9% of the seats sold, despite the fact that overnight stays were reduced by 0.2% compared to June 2017 , according to data released today by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Of the eight tourist areas with the highest occupation in June, the first four are from the archipelago: Palma-Calvià (83.6%), Isla de Mallorca (83.5%), Pitiusas (82.5%) and Menorca (78%). Of the ten points with the busiest hotels, eight are in the Balearic Islands, led by Pollença, with 89.3% of the seats occupied.

This highest occupancy level is despite the Balearics having increased their prices by the second highest percentage of any area in Spain – a 5.08% increase on 2017, behind the Basques, with 6.62%.

National Picture

In the whole of Spain, overnight stays in hotel establishments decreased by 1.2% in June compared to the same month of 2017, to 36.2 million, which have fallen in two of the last three months, the

average stay decreased 3.2% compared to June 2017, standing at 3.3 overnight stays per traveller, while hotel prices rose 1.7%.

Baleares was the most popular option for overseas visitors staying in hotels last month, with 34.3% of the total of those who came to Spain, while for the Spanish it was the sixth most popular region, with 5.9% of the total.

In June, the overnight stays of domestic travellers increased by 0.1%, which was not enough to compensate for the drop of 1.8% in overseas visitors.

Spanish hotels invoiced 88.7 euros on average per occupied room , 1.6% more than in June 2017, while the average daily income per available room reached 63.5 euros, an increase of 0.1%.

Despite the decrease in overnight stays, the staff employed in accommodation at Spanish hotels continued to grow and in June it increased by 1.9% year-on-year, leading to a 50-month rise.

Balearics Occupancy

The Balearic Islands had the highest occupancy rate by places during June (82.9%) , followed by Canarias (74.5%) and Comunidad Valenciana (67.1%).

Travelers from the United Kingdom and Germany accounted for 28.4% and 21.8%, respectively, of the total number of overnight stays by non-residents in hotel establishments in June.

The British market did not change, while the German market fell by 11.7%.

The overnight stays of travellers from France and the Netherlands increased by 7.3% and 4.1%, respectively, while those of Italians fell by 1%.