Tourist flats in Barcelona reach 80% occupancy in August
This summer saw a higher percentage of tourist flat occupancy than last year. David Rida, the president of the Association of Tourist Apartments of Barcelona stated that this improvement is due to the “higher numbers of days people are staying and the recuperation of the North American, French and German markets.”
Barcelona (ACN).- The Association of Tourist Apartments of Barcelona (Apartur) has calculated 80.11% occupancy of tourist flats during the month of August. This data coincides with last year\u2019s data during the same time period when it reached 81.26%. According to Apartur, the slight decline in due to the slope of visitors during the last week of August. On the whole, apartments have had a slightly higher occupancy than last year. The month of June saw 74.30% apartment occupancy, 4.3% higher than June of 2009. July saw a three point rise with 84% compared with 81% from last year.
The Association of Tourist Apartments of Barcelona is waiting on the results on the average occupancy for the whole summer, hoping that September\u2019s results will not bring the amount down below 80%. Apartur has attributed the numbers to the \u201Cslow process of recuperation\u201D that the sector is going through. Apartur\u2019s president, David Rida, explained that the improvement in figures is due to the \u201Chigher numbers of days people are staying and the recuperation of the North American, French and German markets.\u201D He mentioned that as part of the recovery, businesses from the sector are offering an array of offers and discounts that are justified \u201Cin the context of the crisis\u201D. He admitted that \u201Cin spite of it not being economically viable, it is what the customer wants\u201D.