The Department of Tourism and Conferences of Monaco reviewed the three months of June, July and August 2015 summing the hotel occupancy statistics for the Principality of Monaco, and it seems record was reached.
“We are euphoric,” smiled William Rose, Director of Department of Tourism and Conferences of the Principality of Monaco (DTC), when he announced the final numbers of visitors to the country for the summer of 2015.
A season was “absolutely excellent, with a hotel occupancy rate the best ever recorded in the Principality.”
The ratio is 84.33% from June to September, with an average income of 305 euros per room.
“June was very good, very good in July and August was quite well. We are doing very well despite the works started in Monte Carlo and the 150 rooms of the Hotel de Paris are unavailable, and even now we managed to increase the numbers.”
The cruises also have been doped with 33% of passengers compared to 2014. Principality of Monaco was visited by 97,000 cruise passengers spread by over 65 cruise ships from June to August.
A year of record
Main nationalities: French customers was up to 4%, 7.5% of the British, and also 7.5% of Americans.
Other trends: increase of Chinese customers by 17%; Saudi travellers increased by 24%, most of them after the Ramadan.
The Arab clientele usually chooses Cannes but this year there was recorded a peak of these customers in Monaco, who, it is worth noting, spend a lot during their stay.
The Russians are down by 16% this year, and this is a small decrease compared to other tourist places in Europe such as Paris, where Russian clients are down by 50%. This year in Monaco is the Year of Russian Culture, what is undoubtedly also increase the number of arrivals from Russia, despite of economic difficulties caused by EU and US sanctions.
Monaco is an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year. Monte Carlo, its major district, has an elegant belle epoque casino complex, ornate opera house and luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and French and Italian restaurants.
Area: 202 ha / 2.02 sq.km / 0.78 square mile
Prince: Albert II of Monaco
Population: 37,831 (2013) World Bank
GDP per capita: 163,025.86 USD (2011) World Bank
Official language: French