Destination Barcelona tourism forecast 01/04/2021

01/04/2021 - 12:00h

The Observatory of Tourism in Barcelona updates the Destination Barcelona tourism forecast report.

The Observatory of Tourism in Barcelona updates the Destination Barcelona tourism forecast report as of 01/04/2021. This report highlights the effects of Covid-19 on the tourism sector. 


Covid-19 restrictive measures

Covid-19 preventive measures continue despite the increasing number of worldwide vaccinations.

In Catalonia, until the 9th of April, the following measures will affect the tourism sector:

- Restaurants and bars: 30% of capacity on the inside and 100% on the outside of the establishments. Opening hours from 7.30 am to 17 h. Take-away outside the opening hours will continue to be allowed.

Commerce: 30% of capacity on shops of less than 800m².

- Professional events: congresses, corporate meetings, and incentives and workshops have been canceled.

- Culture: 50% of capacity in cinemas, concert halls, museums and exhibition centers.

Schools: bubble groups are allowed to go on an excursion and to stay overnight, even outside their region of residence.

- Night curfew: from 10 pm to 6 am.

Region perimeter lockdown: bubble groups are allowed to leave the region of residence.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health has agreed to lock all the autonomous communities down during the Easter holidays, so that mobility is not allowed between the different Spanish territories or outside them (except: Canary and Balearic Islands).


Source markets

European internal borders keep open but almost all EU countries maintain restrictive measures

The entry measures to all passengers flying from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom, due to new variants of the virus are mantained in Spain. In addition, from this week on, a negative PCR test is required to travelers arriving by road/train from the most risky regions in France

The EU is designing a vaccination passport against Covid-19, which will allow movements within the continent to those who have been vaccinated or produced antibodies and to those who have been tested (PCR or an antigen test). In Spain, the passport could be available before summer.


Air capacity

The global airlines capacity during 29/03 week has been -42.8%, while in Spain -72.8% behind the same week on 2019. It is expected that, in the next weeks, there will be a slight global recovery in frequencies (especially domestic flights). However, it must be reminded that companies continue to readjust their offer from week to week.


Tourist offer and professional events

In Barcelona city, 121 hotels with 28,281 beds remain open. The Eixample, the Gothic Quarter, and Sant Martí are the districts with more available offer.

78.7% of the cultural facilities in Barcelona city are open to the public. However, some of the most visited sightseeing places in Barcelona city keep temporarily closed (Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo and Casa Batlló). Montjuïc Fountains have just reopened.

As for the professional events, it must be highlighted that there are 101 confirmed congresses for the upcoming years, 63 in 2021.


Tourist demand

Over the last week, Google searches from Spain for both, Barcelona city and Destination Barcelona have decreased. Most of the searches for both geographical areas keep coming from Catalonia.

The Barcelona flights and accommodation searches achieve their best positioning on the French and the Spanish markets, followed by the other European countries. The positioning of the Destination has stayed virtually the same if compared to the previous week.

The hotel bookings in Barcelona city over the last week (21/03-27/03) have decreased: while two weeks ago, 25.7% of bookings had been made, last week, they were 24.7% (as compared with the peak of January 2020). Over the same week, the volume of hotel reservations in Destination Barcelona has also been lower: while two weeks ago, 63.7% of bookings have been made, last week, they were 54.7% (as compared with the peak of January 2020).


Destination Barcelona tourism forecast (01/04/2021)



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