8th December 2022
Sitges News

Sitges consolidates its recovery of international tourism

This summer has been one of tourism recovery after two years of travel restrictions during the pandemic, and the most recent data confirms it: international visitors to Sitges in August represented almost 60% of the total number of visitors making overnight stays in the town.

Visitors from France continue to lead with 33.4%, followed by the UK (14.4%), Germany (9.1%), the Netherlands (5.9%) and the United States (4.5 %).

The mayor of Sitges, Aurora Carbonell, said that ‘we are satisfied with how this tourist season has been. We have recovered pre-pandemic data, both in terms of international tourism, as well as the number of visitors and hotel occupancy. We will continue to work for Sitges and for its promotion to continue defending the destination as one of the most attractive on the coast of Barcelona’.

As for national tourism, it mainly comes from Barcelona (22.1%), followed by Madrid (4.8%), Zaragoza (4.5%), Pozuelo de Alarcón (2.3%) and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (2.3%).

During the month of August, in addition, 1,396,778 visitors have passed through Sitges without staying overnight, according to data obtained through mobile phones. Of these, 89.80% are of national origin, in most cases from the city of Barcelona (20%) and from towns in the Barcelona province: ​​7.4% from L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 4.2% Sant Boi de Llobregat, 3.7% Vilanova i la Geltrú and 3.4% Cornellà de Llobregat.

Hotel occupancy reached 84.3% in August and has increased significantly compared to the same month in 2021, where it stood at 77.07%. The most in demand were 3-star hotels, which reached 90.4% occupancy. In Tourist Use Housing (HUT), occupancy was 86.6%.

Impact of Bears Week

During the two weekends of the Sitges Bears Week (nights of 2, 3, 9 & 10 September), 18,833 tourists passed through Sitges, generating 35,224 overnight stays. Of these, 66.24% was international tourism from the UK (23.20%), France (17.50%), Germany (9.65%), the United States (9.60%) and Belgium (4.30%). The remaining 33.77% was national tourism, coming from Barcelona (20.50%), Madrid (4.40%), Pozuelo de Alarcón (3.90%), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (2.45%) and Zaragoza (2.30%).

Adding up the two weekends, Sitges received 183,335 visitors, with a national percentage of 92.12% and 7.87% international.

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