The tourism sector in Spain has had a great boom, so much so that many people have decided to convert their secondary home to a holiday home. This event has taken place in practically all major Spanish cities. For example, in Seville, the Andalusian capital.
Seville has experienced a rapid evolution in the number of tourist flats in the city, as the data shows: when the year 2018 ended in Seville there were 2000 tourist flats, when the year 2019 ended there were 5000. More than double the number of the previous year. In fact, there are already more tourist flats in the centre of Seville than in the centre of Barcelona, 12.6% compared to 12.3% in the Catalan city.
In this article we will talk about several details to be taken into account when it comes to managing tourist flats in Seville.
REGULATIONS FOR TOURIST FLATS IN SEVILLE
In Andalusia, the regulations governing tourist flats are Decree 28/2016 of 2 February. This regulation arises due to the strong growth of tourist flats in the Andalusian capital. The following is a summary of some of the most relevant points of these regulations when it comes to managing tourist flats in Seville:
- Definition and classification: these are the properties located on residential land that are usually exploited for tourist purposes in exchange for an economic consideration.
- Classes of dwellings with tourist purposes: there are two types of dwellings, those that are sold in their entirety and those that are sold by room, in none of the previous cases can the four places per room be separated.
- Requirements: these are various such as a licence to occupy, having furniture, direct ventilation to the outside, etc.
- Judicial and sanctioning regime: the person or entity operating the service is always responsible for the correct use of the service before the Administration and the users, the sanctioning regime being that foreseen in Title VIII of the Law 13/2011, December 23.
- Price and booking conditions: the customer must be informed of the price and conditions related to cancellation. If it is the user who cancels the reservation, the owner will only return a maximum of 50% of the reservation. If it is the owner who cancels, he will have to return up to 100%.
- Exceptions: when the property is ceded without a lucrative purpose or rented for more than two continuous months.
- It must be registered in the Andalusian Tourism Register.
SEASONS OF TOURIST FLATS IN SEVILLE
In order to achieve a good management of tourist flats in Seville, it is necessary to take into account the periods of time with greater affluence of visitors. Although in other Spanish cities there are periods of the year with a greater influx of tourists, such as Barcelona or Madrid, this is not the case in Seville.
The year itself is the high season in Seville, as in 2017 it received the highest number of tourists it has ever received, with 2.6 million. However, it is true that there are peaks in the number of tourists, such as during spring, especially during Easter week, with the appeal of “La Feria de Sevilla”. Although, the best month of the year was during October, with an occupation of 88% in hotels and 81% in flats.
SERVICES, EXTRAS AND COMPLEMENTS OF A TOURIST FLAT IN SEVILLE
A good management of tourist flats is achieved by giving the best possible experience to the user, equipping the flat properly as well as giving the user extra activities to do during his stay.
It is essential that the tourist flat has cooling devices, since in the summer months, from May to September, temperatures reach more than forty degrees. The flat must also have heating, as the months from October to April are cold.
It will also be necessary to provide the user with tourist information such as details of the area, leisure areas, restaurants, cafes, etc.. and even provide a tourist guide with the best excursions or tours to do in the city. Both this content and that of the previous paragraph are requirements that the Andalusian regulations ask for in order for the property to be considered as a tourist flat.
AREAS WITH THE GREATEST PRESENCE OF TOURIST FLATS IN SEVILLE
Practically the whole city of Seville is a tourist area in itself, since it has essential places to visit throughout the city. However, it is true that there are highly recommended areas to stay in:
- Santa Cruz, the most touristic area.
- El Arenal and San Bernardo, located in the heart of the historic centre.
- The Alameda, the most interesting, social and dynamic area in Seville.
- Macarena, a central neighbourhood with a local atmosphere.
- La Cartuja, an area for leisure, fairs, business meetings and cultural events.
- Triana, the area with the most Sevillian atmosphere.
- Los Remedios, residential area of the city.
- Santa Justa, an area with good access to public transport and a clear difference in prices.
- Nervión, a modern, residential and commercial area.
All this information and advice is quite useful when managing tourist flats in Seville, one of the new tourist powers of Spain. Precisely, in Hosticasa we already have several accommodations there, so do not hesitate to contact us to help you get the most out of your stay in the city of Seville.