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Hotel Occupancy Static in July

Wednesday August 3, 2011

Hotel Occupancy Static in July

Occupancy levels in Lanzarote hotels remained static in July and are expected to reach 80% during August, according to data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics, a figure which would represent a slight decline versus the levels achieved in August 2010.

According to the latest ISTAC figures hotel occupancy was basically static last month, with 76% of beds filled versus the July 2010 figure of 76.77%. But is expected to fall in August, down to 80% versus last year's figure of 83.71%. However September's projected figures look more promising with ISTAC predicting an increase in the number of beds filled from 69.92% to 73%.

Overall for the three months of July to September, the figures are lower than those registered in 2010, but many hoteliers on Lanzarote still believe that they will need to take on extra staff, or have already done so, for the third quarter of the year.

However the picture is less rosy for the other Canary Islands with only 39% of local hoteliers expecting to see greater demand for staff to cover rising levels of hotel occupancy. Overall across the islands occupancy levels are expected to hit 68% for July, 71% for August and 65% for September. Leaving Lanzarote well ahead of the average.

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