By Ron Howells • 17 September 2021 • 8:50
Sevilla's hotel industry reports over 93% of establishments are now open
Sevilla’s hotel industry reports over that 93% of its establishments are now open for business.
The reactivation of the tourism industry is also gauged by hotel occupancy, and according to a new report from Manuel Cornax, president of the hoteliers of Sevilla, the region has now more than 93% of its one to five-star establishments open for business.
Ten hotels are still waiting to open, while four plan to do so before October 4. The Lobby Rooms & Suites on Reyes Católicos street will be available from September 24; Casa Romana, which will open on October 1, as well as Plaza Santa Lucía; and the Veracruz hotel, which are scheduled for October 4.
There is only one 5-star hotel yet to open, the Cavalta Boutique on San Jacinto Street, that was scheduled to open just before the outbreak of the pandemic.
After an optimistic summer, the sector is very confident that the autumn will improve on the data, especially now that some restrictions have begun to relax with the whole of Andalucia now on level 1 alert.
In July, the number of establishments open increased by 35% compared to January and occupancy was tripled.
The hotel sector reported that 149 establishments were operating normally, compared to 90 a year before, and at the moment that figure is already close to 200.
The average occupancy rate by beds in July was 46.94%, in August it rose to 71%, despite the slight downturn in international tourism, since until now the market has been reliant on the domestic market
These figures are close to those of 2019 and encourage the sector to continue with this growth and recovery trend.
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