Spanish hotels more popular on the Balearics

Spanish hotels and paradores on the mainland, have not reported as many hotel visits during the month of September as reported by parador and hotel owners on the Balearic islands.

In fact, Spanish hotels on the Balearics had the highest occupancy level for the whole country during September as it reached 75.4 per cent.

According to an article by Euro Weekly News, paradores and other hotels on the islands also led the way for the number of tourists booking in for overnight stays as this figure reached the 7.4 million mark. This figure actually accounted for a staggering quarter of all the overnight stays booked at Spanish hotels for the whole of the month.

The statistics that were compiled and listed by the National Statistics Institute (INE) also showed that the number of rooms booked for overnight stays had risen on the Balearic islands by 12 per cent, compared to the same time last year.

Lower prices may be tipped for the reason why more people decided  to stay on the islands, as prices are also reported to have fallen by 1.6 per cent compared to September 2009. This was also just 0.4 per cent above the average of hotel prices for the rest of Spain.

Although the average price of a room was reported at €62.8, hoteliers from the islands said they had seen an increase in the amount of revenue coming from each room. This may have come from things such as paying for additional services such as room service and breakfast.

Mallorca was the most popular destination for tourists booking hotel breaks in September with the average holidaymaker staying for just over a week. According to the report, this increase in hotel bookings was not only good for the hoteliers as it also helped ensure over 32,000 local people were in employment working in bars, restaurants and other tourist attractions around the island.

Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza were also reported to have seen more people check into hotels during the same period.

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