Barcelona, Spain – Data from SiteMinder, the world’s leading open hotel commerce platform, reveals that hotel bookings for September in Spain are off to their strongest start in five years. SiteMinder’s World Hotel Index shows that hotel bookings in Spain are currently at 116.3% of 2019 volumes – 10.8% higher than the global average. Among neighbouring countries, only Portugal is outpacing Spain’s momentum, with hotel booking volumes that are 127.7% of 2019 levels.
More than half (53.5%) of all bookings at Spanish hotels in the last two weeks are for stays in September, suggesting the keenness of travellers to enjoy the remaining weeks of Spain’s summer by booking at the last-minute. The data also illustrates the continued popularity of Spain as a top travel destination among both international travellers and locals.
Hotel bookings are being led by international travellers who see the milder temperatures of September, and the smaller crowds, as an ideal time to travel in the country. SiteMinder’s data shows that two-thirds (66.2%) of expected hotel guests in September will be international travellers.
“It is pleasing to see international travel return so strongly to Spain. For hotels, this is an opportune time to assess their commerce technologies, to make sure they reflect modern traveller preferences and behaviour, especially as they relate to bookings, payments and communication,” says Sara Padrosa, Regional Director of Spain at SiteMinder.
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SiteMinder (ASX:SDR) is the world’s leading open hotel commerce platform, empowering hotels and accommodation providers to sell, market, manage and grow their business. SiteMinder’s innovative online platform offers hotels and accommodation providers a comprehensive range of products and solutions to manage and streamline the distribution of their rooms across a wide selection of direct and indirect channels, take bookings from guests and communicate with guests. The global company, headquartered in Sydney with offices in Bangalore, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Dallas, Galway, London and Manila, generates more than 100 million reservations worth over US$35 billion in revenue for hotels each year.