Spanish hoteliers are predicting a bleak winter season caused by the country’s economic ills and government austerity measures that are directly affecting the industry, according to a survey carried out by the Confederation of Spanish Hotels and Tourist Accommodations.

“The winter season will not be good for us,” CEHAT President Juan Molas said… “Spain’s domestic market outlook is, frankly, alarming.”

Molas said it was the first time in four years Spanish hotel owners and operators expected a negative winter season. Their expectations concerning overnight stays, profitability, length of stay and average room rates were down 31 % compared to the same period a year ago.

Photo Credit: The W Hotel is a landmark of the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain. Oh Barcelona / Flickr.com