Reservations for the first weekend without regional closure skyrocket in Catalonia. Among the most requested destinations, rural houses and accommodations in the interior.
The opening of the district confinement has restored hope to the tourism sector after a few months with a practically non-existent level of activity. “The situation we have is not what we would need, but it is a step forward,” says the general director of Tourism, Octavi Bono, in statements to ACN.
The desire to travel of the Catalans has resulted in an increase in reservations, especially in rural houses and accommodation located in inland areas of Catalonia and in the high mountains.
A motorcyclist shows an agent a receipt at a Mossos control in Barcelona’s Gran Via, next to the Ciutat de la Justícia, on April 7 last year.
Many of these reservations are scheduled for Easter. For those days, the places in some establishments in the Delta de l’Ebre and in Terra Alta are already almost sold out and in some accommodations in the central Costa Brava they have already reached 100% occupancy.
In parallel, from Health and Interior they reiterate the messages to the caution and the obligation to travel with the bubble of coexistence . To ensure these compliance, there will be roadblocks.
Control of the Mossos at the entrance of the Cadí Tunnel, last December
In La Cerdanya, for example, hoteliers expect to exceed 50% occupancy this weekend. Despite the increase in reserves due to the end of the district confinement, this percentage is similar to the figures for a winter weekend before the pandemic. In addition, for now, they only plan to open the smallest establishments of a family nature.
The announcement of easing of mobility restrictions prompted a flood of calls to make reservations and many inquiries about cancellation policies. Anyway, a good part of these are concentrated on the Holy Week holidays, as explained by the president of the Lleida Hospitality Federation, Josep Castellarnau. This is also the case in the central regions.
Last minute bookings
The Gremi d’Hosteleria points out that a good part of the reservations will be at the last minute. “People have not gotten over the fear of a change of scenery,” says its president, Oskar Stöber. However, the entity applauds the lifting of the district confinement, especially in restaurants, where they hope to increase activity thanks to daytime visitors.
The perspective is not the same in other points for the weekend, as in the demarcation of Tarragona. The Priorat Enoturisme establishments only plan to occupy around 20% of the places, partly due to the adverse weather forecast. The trend will be similar in the rest of Camp de Tarragona.