More than 63.9 million overnight hotel stays
The Canary Islands also led overnight stays by foreigners, which rose 1.6% to represent 28.4% of the total Spanish market with a total in excess of 56.1 million. Added to this were 7.7 million overnight stays by Spanish residents, representing 7% of the national total.
Throughout the archipelago hotel occupancy stood at 74.4% and an average stay of 7.4 days. The province of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Graciosa) received 39.3 million overnight stays, while the other province, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerite, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro), saw a total of 24.5 million.
Tenerife led the archipelago with more than 23.3 million overnight stays and an occupancy rate of 74.9%, followed by Gran Canaria with more than 16.7 million, Fuerteventura (12.2 million) and Lanzarote (10.2 million ).
By specific destination, San Bartolome de Tirajana (Gran Canaria) led the way with more than 11.5 million overnight stays, although Arona (Tenerife) had the highest occupancy of 81.1 million.
As for the rest of the country as a whole, Spanish hotels recorded will over 3 billion overnight stays last year, representing 4.4% more than in 2014. Overnight stays at hotels in 2015 grew for the third consecutive year and at a higher rate than before. After stagnation, nationally, in 2012, during 2013 the numbers increased by 1.9%, followed in 2014 by a rise of 3.2%, and in 2015, growth has been even greater, at 4.4%.
The quickening increase last year has been put down to a 5.3% increase in overnight stays by residents of Spain, accompanied by an increase of 3.9% in overnight stays by non-residents.
THE FALL OF THE RUSSIANS
After The Canary Islands, overnight stays by foreigners in other regions were followed by the Balearics (25.1% of the total) and Catalonia (18.3%). In these communities overnight stays decreased by 3.1% and 0.7%, respectively.
The Balearic Islands was the region with the highest rate of occupancy during 2015, with 75.6%, followed by The Canary Islands (74.4%) and Valencia (58.2%).
The main tourist areas, based on room nights, were Barcelona, Madrid and San Bartolome de Tirajana (Gran Canaria).
Arona was the tourist spot with the highest average level of occupancy (81.2%) and Benidorm had the highest mid week occupancy rate (82.5%).
By source market, travellers from the UK and Germany to Spain enjoyed more than 98 million overnight stays in 2015, half of all overnight stays by non-resident travellers.
Overnight stays by UK travellers rose 9.2%, while Germans declined (-0.8%). These were followed by overnight stays by travellers from France (12.5%), Italy (10%) and the Netherlands (8.5%)
Among the major origins of increases in overnight stays were Poland (+ 13.4%), France (+ 12.5%) and the USA (+ 12.4%), compared to declines from Russia (-50.3%), Norway (-11.6%) and Denmark (-2.3%).