Sitges hotels are experiencing pronounced contrasts between weekdays and weekends. From Sunday to Thursday, occupancy does not exceed 40% on average, while on weekends it reaches 90%. Conference bookings are still low, as evidenced by the Mobile World Congress, which is currently being held in Barcelona and failing to have an impact on the local economy.
With the arrival of summer, people have returned to the streets of Sitges, and this is most noticeable at weekends, during which the town has been witnessing a pronounced influx of visitors, with bars and restaurants working at almost full levels. However, with the hotels, the prices that are being applied are mostly not those of summer, but of spring.
The problem, however, comes on Sunday nights, when the movement of visitors currently drops considerably, although there are indications that with the arrival of July the hotel occupancy rates on work days could increase. The manager of the Hospitality Guild points out that ‘the season will be too short: of the eight central weeks we calculate that only three or four will be completed. It is costing a lot’.
Regarding the celebration of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which in other years has been held during the winter (although cancelled in 2020), the manager of the Guild said that ‘we have not noticed any kind of impact on reservations related to the event’. This year MWC in Barcelona has still suffered an impact from the pandemic: from the nine pavilions that it usually occupies at the Barcelona Exhibition Centre, there are only three this year. Also read: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: biggest trade show in the Covid era.
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