Destination Barcelona tourism forecast 11/06/2021

11/06/2021 - 11:00h

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 11/06/2021. This report highlights the effects of Covid-19 on the tourism sector.


Covid-19 situation

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

In Catalonia, from the 7th of June, the following measures that affect the tourism sector:

  • Restaurants and bars: 50% of capacity on the inside and 100% on the outside of the establishments. Opening hours from 06.00 am to 01.00 h. 
  • Commerce: 70% of capacity on shops without surface limit
  • Professional events: allowed at 70% of their capacity
  • Culture: 70% of capacity in museums, exhibition centers, cinemas and concert halls until 23 h
  • Sports: public is not allowed in international or national professional football or basketball competitions
  • Amusement parks: 50% of capacity


Source markets

The EU Digital COVID certificate will ve valid from the 01/07, although some countries have already started piloting it from the 07/06.

Meanwhile, Spain already is already allowing the entrance of passengers from EU countries with risk if one of the following three certificates is presented:

1. Vaccination certificate

2. Diagnosis certificate

3. Recovery certificate

On the other hand, passengers traveling from intercontinental countries are also accepted as long as they present the vaccination certificate. However, it must be reminded that those traveling from one of the countries included in the list of countries from which passengers can enter the EU or from the UK, will not have to present any certificate.

The entry measures for passengers coming from India are maintained. 


Transportation offer

The global airlines capacity during 07/06 week has decreased by -41,0%, and in Spain, by -58,1% (var. 21/19). However, Spain has experienced a week-on-week growth of +2,4%, which means almost 35,000 new seats in a single week.

The forecasts show an important recovery in the number of seats operated worldwide over the coming weeksalthough it must be reminded that airlines continue to readjust their flight schedules week after week.


Tourist offer and professional events

In Barcelona city, 179 hotels with 40,336 beds remain open. The Eixample, the Gothic Quarter, and Sant Martí are the districts with more available offer.

Beasides, 86.4% of the cultural facilities in Barcelona city are open, while restrictive measures for the development of cultural, popular, and sports activities are being eased.

As for the professional events, it must be highlighted that there are 96 confirmed congresses for the upcoming years, 39 in 2021. Meanwhile, about 90 applications are open until 2027.


Tourist demand

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

The Barcelona flights and accommodation searches achieve their best positioning on the Dutch, the French, the Italian and the Spanish markets, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Destination Barcelona has ranked, once again, 11th in search of accommodation and 13th in search of flights in the ranking of international destinations worldwide.

The hotel bookings in Barcelona city over the last week (30/05-06/05) have increased: while two weeks ago, 38.5% of bookings had been made, last week, they were 46.7(as compared with the peak of January 2020). Also over the same week, the volume of hotel reservations in Barcelona region has been higher: while two weeks ago, 60.4% of bookings have been made, last week, they were 61.3% (as compared with the peak of January 2020). National reservations (58.4%) keep being higher thant the domestic ones in Barcelona region. In Barcelona city, the international bookings (58.4%) have been predominant once again, while the lead time has increased to 29 days.


Destination Barcelona tourism forecast (11/06/2021)


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