Destination Barcelona tourism forecast 13/08/2021

13/08/2021 - 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 13/08/2021. 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 06/08 to the 19/08, the following measures affect the tourism sector:

  • Restaurants and bars: 50% of capacity on the inside and 100% on the outside of the establishments. Opening time: until 12.30 am.
  • 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. Opening time: until 12.30 am.
  • Nightlife: closed except totally outdoor venues. Opening time: until 12.30 am.
  • Sports: public is not allowed in international or national professional football or basketball competitions
  • Amusement parks: 50% of capacity
  • Night curfew: from 1 am to 6 am in the municipalities with the highest epidemiological risk


Source markets

The EU Digital COVID certificate is operational. In Spain, the entrance of passengers from EU countries (or zones) with risk is allowed if one of the following is presented:

1. Vaccination certificate

2. Diagnosis certificate

3. Recovery certificate

The rest of EU passengers are accepted without any certificate. However, it must be reminded that the EU advised not to travel to Catalonia due to extreme risk of Covid-19.

On the other hand, passengers traveling from intercontinental countries are also accepted as long as they present the vaccination certificate. It must be noted that since last week, the US has advised not to travel to Spain.

The entry measures for passengers coming from India, South Africa and Brazil are maintained. 


Transportation offer

The global airlines capacity during 09/08 week has decreased by -36.1%, and in Spain, by -25.0% (var. 21/19). However, Spain has remained with the same seats as the previous week.

The forecasts show some reduction in the number of seats operated worldwide over the next weeksalthough it must be reminded that airlines continue to readjust their flight schedules week after week.

During the following week, 7 cruises ships are leaving or making a stopover at Barcelona Port.


Tourist offer and professional events

In Barcelona city, 210 hotels with 45,519 beds remain open. The Eixample, the Gothic Quarter, and Sant Martí are the districts with more available offer.

Beasides, 89.8% of the cultural facilities in Barcelona city are open, while more restrictive measures for the development of cultural, popular, and sports activities are being added: Only events with seated assistants are allowed. 

As for the professional events, it must be highlighted that there are 110 confirmed congresses for the upcoming years, 31 in 2021. Meanwhile, about 90 applications are open until 2027.


Tourist demand

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

The Barcelona flights and accommodation searches achieve their best positioning on the French, the Spanish, the Italian and the Dutch markets, followed by United Kingdom. Destination Barcelona has ranked, 13th in searches of accommodation and 10th in searches of flights in the ranking of international destinations worldwide.

The hotel bookings in Barcelona city over the last week (01/08-07/08) have increased: while two weeks ago, 43.7% of bookings had been made, last week, they were 47.5% compared to the series peak (January 2020). Over the same week, the volume of hotel reservations in Barcelona region has also been higher: while two weeks ago, 63.2% of bookings have been made, last week, they were 69.9% compared to the series peak (June 2020). 

In Barcelona city, the international bookings (67.4%) have been predominant once again. Meanwhile, national reservations (51.3%) keep being higher than the international ones in Barcelona region. The lead time has been reduced in both geographical areas: in Barcelona city it has been in 11 days and in Barcelona region in 9.


Destination Barcelona tourism forecast (13/08/2021)


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