Málaga, (EFE).- Tourism will maintain its dynamism in Andalusia next April, in which celebrations with a tourist pull coincide, such as Holy Week and the Seville Fair, a month in which the Board expects hotel stays to rise by 5.8 percent compared to last year.
The latest report from the Andalusian Tourism Analysis and Statistics System (Saeta) indicates that Andalusian hotel establishments will register 4,618,000 overnight stays in April.
The forecast improves the results of the same month of 2022 (4.3 million) and is close to the record of 2019, the best tourist year, in which 4,775,250 stays were recorded in Andalusian hotels in April, also coinciding with the celebration of Holy Week, according to statistics consulted by EFE.
The interannual increase in hotel overnight stays will be due to the positive behavior in six of the Andalusian provinces: Seville (14.1%), Córdoba (9.7%), Málaga (5.8%), Cádiz (5.4%), Granada (5%) and Huelva (4.9%), while stays will decrease in Almería (-9.9%) and Jaén (-2.3%).
By volume of nights, Malaga stands out, which with 1,908,000 will account for 41 percent of the regional total, followed by Seville with 715,000; Cádiz, with 648,000; Grenada, with 529,000; Huelva, with 280,000; Almería, with 238,000; Córdoba, with 196,000 and Jaén, with 104,000.
Distances are cut with 2019
Regarding occupation, it is expected to grow 1.3 points to reach an average of 56 percent in the regional calculation, which would be only six tenths of that reached in the same month of 2019.
One of the keys to the good hotel behavior predicted by the Board in April, the prelude to the high season, may be in Easter. A few days ago, the Minister of Tourism, Arturo Bernal, said that he hopes it will be “the best in history” in terms of tourism “if it respects time.”
The report from the Andalusian Ministry of Tourism also includes forecasts for the first four-month period of the year, in which 12,474,000 stays will be recorded in hotels in the community, 15.4% more than a year earlier, and the average occupancy It will grow 3.8 points to around 47% of the places.
Hotel establishments are expected to earn 1.6 million nights in relation to the accumulated figure for the first four months of 2022, which will allow them to close the gap with the pre-pandemic year, in which they reached 13,429,206 overnight stays and occupancy was 48 ,Four. Five %.
The analysis by provinces shows that Malaga will maintain its leadership in the Andalusian hotel movement, with 4,966,000 stays between January and April, with a weight of 39.8% in the regional total, and will experience an interannual increase of 17.4%. .
It will be Seville, however, that experiences the greatest growth in stays in the four-month period in relation to last year, of 21.4%, up to a total of 2,324,000 hotel nights, which represents a share of 18.6% in community.
Andalusia continues to grow in hotel movement
After these two provinces will be Granada, with 1,661,000 stays and an increase of 12.3%; Cádiz, with 1,441,000 (+11.3%), Almería, with 627,000 (+4.4%); Córdoba, with 597,000 (+12.4%); Huelva, with 570,000 (+18.6%) and Jaén, with 289,000 (+3.9%).
In terms of occupancy, the hotels in Seville and Malaga will exceed the regional average, with 56 and 54% of the beds, respectively and two year-on-year increases of 5.8 points, and those in Granada will equal the average, with 47%. (4 more points).
Occupation will rise in all Andalusian provinces in these four months with the exception of Almería, where it will drop two points to 32%, according to the Junta’s forecasts.
Andalusia remains the third community in terms of hotel movement in Spain, after the Canary Islands and Catalonia, a position that it also occupies in overnight stays by foreign travelers, while it is the leader in stays by Spaniards. EFE