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Hotel Occupancy Hits 83% in March

Wednesday April 13, 2011

Hotel Occupancy Hits 83% in March

Occupancy levels in Lanzarote hotels and apartment complexes reached an historic high last month, according to ASOLAN, the islands hoteliers association, as 83% of tourist beds were filled. An increase of some 8% versus March 2010 and 14% versus March 2009. Thanks to an influx of additional tourist guests displaced by recent events in the Middle East.

The Association of Lanzarote Hoteliers (ASOLAN) has just released figures which reveal that occupancy levels reached 83% last month, describing the number of beds filled as an historic high.

However ASOLAN spokesperson, Francisco Martinez, was also quick to claim that whilst this level of occupancy is very positive, the price of accommodation in Lanzarote has also fallen by some 22% over the last four years. Leaving room rates as low as they were 25 years ago.

The increase in tourist numbers was led predominantly by visitors from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany. With Puerto del Carmen hotels and apartment complexes registering the highest levels of occupation. Giving the island´s oldest resort an occupancy rate of 87.7% last month.

81.96% of tourist beds were filled in Playa Blanca hotels and apartments last month. Whilst occupancy levels reached 77.65% in Costa Teguise in March. Overall, Lanzarote´s first quarter occupancy level now stands at 78.99%, which is 13.79% up on the same period last year.

ASOLAN also indicated that the current upward trend in visitor numbers could well be maintained into the summer months. Pointing to the fact there is already a large increase in the number of flight services scheduled during the peak summer period versus this time last year.

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