Spanish hotel rates rise 36% as tourism takes off in April

People enjoy the weather at a beach in Malaga, Spain, April 30, 2022. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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MADRID, May 24 (Reuters) – Hotels in Spain raised rates 36% in April from a year ago, charging 96.3 euros ($103.4) per night on average around the Easter holiday which marked a long-awaited rebound in tourism after the COVID -19 pandemic, according to official data.

The average rate was also 15% higher than in April 2019, before the pandemic hit in early 2020, bringing global travel to a virtual halt and forcing the few hotels that remained open to drastically lower rates.

The National Institute of Statistics said on Tuesday that rooms in five-star hotels cost 23% more than a year ago, or an average of 226.5 euros per night. Ironically, staying in cheaper two-star hotels was now 40% more expensive, with rates starting at 66 euros.

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Hoteliers have been able to adjust their rates and cover inflation and rising energy prices thanks to a significant increase in foreign tourism, mainly from Britain and Germany, as European countries eased or lifted restrictions. travel restrictions.

In March and April this year, the number of guests staying in Spanish hotels increased more than fivefold compared to a year ago, and 40% of them resided in the country, the INE added.

Tourist arrivals in April were at 86% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels and some popular islands were seeing the same number of holidaymakers as before the pandemic, official figures show.

Spanish hotel chain Melia said last week that over Easter week it saw an overall 18% increase in rates. The Mallorca-based group expects to have better sales at its resort hotels in 2022 than in 2019.

($1 = 0.9314 euros)

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Reporting by Corina Pons; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Mark Porter

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