Hotel Figures for July

SPN Hotel Reception BellWe’ve come from the best, historic figures for tourism in the City of Granada (July 2019) to those that could be the worse, with a 70% drop during July.

During last year the city with its 232,208 inhabitants had over two million visitors producing 6.5m overnight stays. That’s equivalent to eight tourists for every resident.

Everybody knew that this year was going to be different but a 70% drop in overnight stays in hotels is staggering.

And it isn’t much better on the coast because July 2019 saw 195,703 tourists compared with the 76,182 for this July.

The blow to tourism has been cushioned a little by the surge in national tourism; i.e., Spanish tourists making up for the lack in foreign ones. In fact, foreign tourists made up only 15% of the total.

OK, the province of Granada isn’t on the level of Málaga; i.e., the Costa del Sol Malagueña compared to the Costa Tropical, which is why Nerja has suffered far more than Almuñécar as far as a lack of foreign tourism goes.

The Costa Tropical figures for July reflect 29,907 Spanish and foreign tourists, giving a 45% drop -remember, we are talking about hotel occupation; not the total number of tourists in general.

It’s also worth remembering that no country had recommended not travelling to Spain as a whole nor imposed quarantine on those returning during July. Neither had the new restrictions (nightlife sector, etc) come into being. Those details will be reflected in the August figures when they are compiled and published by the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas (which provided the above figures.).

(News: Granada, Andalucia)

  3 comments for “Hotel Figures for July

  1. Jeremy
    August 25, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    True. 5 million of us isn’t many even if Spain is number one destination for the Irish. We did our own thing and mostly ignored UK actions.
    Ireland (Éire to the English) advised against all travel to anywhere from very early on and still does. Ireland imposed quaratine on 28 May and it is still in force for arrivals from most countries.

  2. August 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    You’ve got a point, the UK abruptly imposed quarantine six days before the end of July, including Northern Ireland. I don’t know whether the Republic of Eire follow suit or made the same decision beforehand.

    Basically speaking, the article reflects that July, for the most part, hadn’t been affected by travel restrictions.

    And the republic might be small, but they’ve got a big heart 😉

  3. Jeremy
    August 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I think you mean “no major country had recommended not …”. Ireland restricted all travel and impose quarantine on visits from Spain. Ireland is part of EU but small. Just saying …

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