Destination Barcelona tourism forecast 22/10/2021

22/10/2021 - 13:00h

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 22/10/2021. This report highlights the effects of Covid-19 on the tourism sector.


Current Covid-19 restrictions in Catalonia

In Catalonia, from 22/10 ,the following measures affect the tourism sector:

  • Restaurants and bars: 100% on both the inside and the outside of the establishments
  • Commerce: 100% of capacity on both small businesses and shopping centers
  • Professional events: allowed at 100% of their capacity
  • Culture: 100% of capacity in museums, exhibition centers, cinemas and concert halls
  • Music festivals, musical activities and​ nightlife: 100% of capacity on the outside areas and 80% on the inside with Covid certificate. Dance with face mask is allowed. 
  • Sports: public is allowed at 100% of capacity. In sports activities with a capacity of more than 10,000 people, independent sectors must be established.
  • Amusement parks: 100% of capacity

In any case, organizational measures to control agglomerations must be established.


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.

On the other hand, passengers traveling from intercontinental countries considered as "no risk countries" are also accepted as long as they present the vaccination certificate

As of November 8, United States is easing its travel regulations.


Transportation offer

The global airlines capacity during 18/10 week has decreased by -28.9%, and in Spain, by -29.2% (var. 21/19), which means a decrease of 170,000 seats on the previous week.

The forecasts show an increase in the number of seats operated worldwide through the end of the year, although it must be reminded that airlines continue to readjust their flight schedules week after week. However, it should be noted that these adjustments are less significant than in previous months, which shows a certain stabilization of the air transport market.

During the following week, 22 cruises ships are leaving or making a stopover at Barcelona Port.


Tourist offer and professional events

As of 30/09/2021, in Barcelona city, there were 270 open hotels with 54,700 beds.

Beasides, 89.8% of the cultural facilities in Barcelona city are open.

As for the professional events, it must be highlighted that there are 109 confirmed congresses for the upcoming years, 17 in 2021. Meanwhile, about 90 applications are open until 2027.


Tourist demand

Over the last week, Google searches from Spain for Barcelona city have decreased, while those for 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 Spanish, the Italian, the French and the Dutch, followed by United Kingdom and Germany. Destination Barcelona has ranked again, 12th in searches of accommodation and 8th in searches of flights in the ranking of international destinations worldwide.

Finally, from 10/10 to 16/10, hotel reservations in Barcelona city have stood at 69.3% compared to the series peak (January 2020), which means an increase over the previous week (68.6%). In Barcelona region, the bookings have stood at 53.8% compared to the series peak (June 2021), which means a decrease over the previous week (59.8%). The lead time in Barcelona city has stood at 15 days and, in Barcelona region, 12 days. As for the origin of the bookings, international bookings have been higher than the nationals in Barcelona city, while in Barcelona region they have been almost at the same level.


Destination Barcelona tourism forecast (22/10/2021)


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