From 85% to almost full occupancy for the Puríssima holiday
During this week’s Puríssima holiday, most tourist accommodations saw 85% occupancy. The Girona counties of Cerdanya and Ripollès experienced the best results, with sold-out occupancy, 20 points higher occupancy than last year.
Girona (ACN).- Hotels and apartments in the Catalan Pyrenees were almost fully booked for this week\u2019s Puríssima holiday, between the 3rd and 8th of December, with more than 85% of occupancy rate. In the Girona side, in the counties of Ripollès and Cerdanya, the occupancy rate was almost 100%, 20 points higher than 2009. This is a result of more than 60,000 skiers who spent this week\u2019s 5-day holiday in the Pyrenees of Girona. 90,000 did so in the Pyrenees of Lleida, which saw an ocuppancy rate of 85%. Seashore areas in the Costa Daurada, in Southern Catalonia, had an occupancy rate of 85%.
The Pyrenees of Lleida also saw around 85% occupancy. The 11 ski stations of Lleida sold a total of 90,000 ski passes during the 5-day holiday, a little less than predicted due to higher temperatures and rain. According to Lleida\u2019s Director of Tourism, Àngel Vidal, the results of the Puríssima holiday show an \u201Coptimistic\u201D start of the snow season. The economic impact of the holiday is calculated at some 20 million euros for Lleida counties, 8% of the expected amount for the whole season.
Vidal said that the 5-day Puríssima holiday was \u201Csatisfactory\u201D despite the fact that it did not meet their sales prediction of 95,000 ski passes. According to him, this is because of unexpected higher temperatures and rain. Vidal said that the beginning of the weekend \u201Cstarted off very well\u201D but that the weather worsened and the number of skiers dropped \u201Csignificantly\u201D. Despite everything, most hotels experienced 80-85% occupancy, going up to 100% for the hotels closest to ski areas .
Vidal also added that hotels and apartments in rural areas, including campsites, also experienced an occupancy of around 85%. The Director of Tourism said that it was a good holiday overall and that they are \u201Coptimistic\u201D about the rest of the season.
Regarding the economic impact of the 5-day holiday, Vidal calculates it at around 20 million euros, saying \u201Cfor every euro in ski passes, 7 euros were generated in hotels, restaurants and other activities\u201D. A total of 290 million euros is predicted for Lleida\u2019s entire ski season.
Air traffic controller\u2019s strike increases reservations
Vidal explained that the recent air traffic controller\u2019s strike spurred an increase in the number of visitors and reservations. According to him, this is because \u201Cpeople really wanted to ski\u201D. He added that the Lleida-Alguaire airport accommodated passengers on Sunday that were coming from other points and that it worked \u201Cwith full normality\u201D.