Record occupancy rates in Lanzarote hotels

Occupancy levels among the hotels in Lanzarote reached historic highs during the first quarter of 2011 driven up both by the crises in Tunisia, Egypt and other North African countries and by the beginnings of a recovery in some European markets important for tourism on the island.

In spite of the strong occupancy rates, entrepreneurs involved in the tourism sector in this part of Spain recognize that hotel prices are still very low and are now at levels not seen in Lanzarote for 25 years. According to a spokesman for the Association of Hotel and Apartment Owners in Lanzarote (Asolan), Francisco Martínez: “If guests were able to book a room in a hotel in Lanzarote for 5,000 pesetas in 1986 they can also get it nowadays for €30 per night”. The hotel association points out that hotel prices in Lanzarote have declined by some 22 percent over the last three years.

According to Asolan the average occupancy rate recorded last March in Lanzarote was 83%, a figure last recorded for that month in 2003. The hotels on the island achieved average occupancy of levels of 77.99 percent during April, 15 percent higher than the same period in 2010 when occupancy levels were only 62.52 percent. According to Asolan the celebration of Easter in April just past contributed to the growth of tourism on the island during the month.

According to the study produced monthly by Asolan, the aparthotels on Lanzarote registered the best occupancy rate of all types of available accommodation with an average of 87.19 percent followed by four star hotels with an occupancy rate of 80.38 percent. The six five star luxury hotels on the island achieved, on average, an occupancy rate of 73.10 percent. The president of the hotel association, Susana Perez, stated that the outlook for the coming months was very positive for Lanzarote. She said “we expect occupancy levels this summer to increase more than 10 percent compared to those achieved last year”. Finally, Mrs Perez, went on to say that these figures confirmed Lanzarote as one of the most popular destinations in all of Spain this Easter.

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