The Balearic Institute of Statistics have published their latest tourism statistics for 2018.

Included in the report are Hotels up to the end of July, and Tourism Apartments up to the end of June.

We have shown each by municipality, and also occupancy by star rating.

Below each graph is a table which also includes % change information applicable to the entire period 2008 to 2018, and the past year 2017 to 2018.

2008 to 2018

To help get the timescale clear, how long ago was 2008? It was the year Boris Johnson became Mayor of London, and Johnathon Ross and Russel Brand got into a lot of trouble for that phone call. Doesn’t feel so long ago does it? So how much has changed in a decade? How much has changed in a year?

Occupancy by Municipality

We have extracted the occupancy figures for both hotels and apartments by Municipality.

Note that where there are gaps in the figures for San Juan, it is because San Juan generally doesn’t bother with such things as statistical returns. We rather like them for being that way, though it does create some holes in the data that will frustrate those with autistic tendències. 


Hotels are shown for July 2008 to 2018.

Only Formentera has recorded an increase on the year, up 4.2%.

Both Ibiza Town and San Antonio has recorded a big drop of 13.9% and 12.3% respectively.

San Jose has experienced the least drop in Ibiza, maintaining the only occupancy in the Pitiuses at over 90%

Comparing occupancy with a decade ago, Santa Eulalia shows the greatest fall at a 9% drop over the years, though almost 7% of that 9% is this year.


Apartments are shown for June 2008 to 2018.

Both San Antonio and Santa Eulalia are showing significant increases year on year and over the decade.

In the apartments category all municipalities show an increase over the decade.

Tourist apartments are a significant proportion of tourist accommodation, though much smaller than the accommodation registered under the hotel classifications. Tourist apartments number approx 23,000 beds compared to the 63,000 hotel beds.

Occupancy by Rating

We show occupancy by hotel rating, from 5 star to the 2 and 1 star group, and a separate entry for silver rated accommodation.

Note that there is no 5 star percentage for Ibiza in 2008, because Ibiza did not have any 5 star hotels – can you imagine? The % change figure in the table is therefore 2012 to 2018 for Ibiza 5 star occupancy, 2008 to 2018 for all other categories.

The single stand out figure is that despite all the press regarding a slump in the upper end of the market, Ibiza’s 5 star occupancy topped the table in the Pitiuses and the Balearics as a whole – you would think the huge discounts reported must have worked as Ibiza’s 5 star stood at 95% for July, but it seems unlikely the hotels would have been panicking in the way we were lead to believe when their year on year occupancy was up 13%.

The statistics will not sit comfortably with those who feel Ibiza’s increasing reliance on VIP high end business is a house of cards ready to come tumbling down. The biggest increase in occupancy over time and year on year is 5 star. The biggest reduction over time and year on year is budget silver.