Eurostat: EU tourism industry seems to be strongly rebounding from pandemic

The European Union’s tourism industry seems to be strongly rebounding from the Covid-19 pandemic, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on January 18.

The total number of nights spent in tourist accommodation in 2022 was close to the pre-pandemic level (2.72 billion nights in 2022 compared with 2.88 billion in 2019; -5.6 per cent), Eurostat said.

This represents substantial increases compared with the number of nights spent in 2020 and 2021 (1.42 billion in 2020, 1.83 billion in 2021; 91.1 per cent and 48.3 per cent in 2022, respectively).

In the course of 2022, monthly tourism figures increased continuously and finally approached the levels of the corresponding months in 2019.

Compared with the pre-summer first half year of 2019 (January–June), in the same period of 2022, nights spent in tourist accommodation were down by 11 per cent. Meanwhile, the period July-December closely mirrored 2019 levels of nights spent (-1.9 per cent).

Data for 2022 also show that nights spent by international guests have neared 2019 levels (1.19 billion nights in 2022 compared with 1.36 billion in 2019; -12.6 per cent), Eurostat said.

“This represents a strong increase compared with the number of nights spent by foreign tourists in 2020 and in 2021 (412.5 million nights in 2020, 587.8 million in 2021; +188.8 per cent and +102.6 per cent in 2022, respectively),” the statistics agency said.

Regarding domestic travel, 2022 data show a record number of 1.53 billion nights spent, an increase of 10.9 million compared with 2019 (+0.7 per cent).

Among the EU countries, the number of nights spent  by domestic and foreign tourists in 2022 compared with 2019 increased in three of the member states with available data: Denmark (38.4 million nights in 2022 compared with 34.3 million in 2019; 12.3 per cent), the Netherlands (128.3 million compared with 123.4 million; 3.9 per cent) and Belgium (42.7 million compared with 42.5 million; 0.5 per cent). 

Meanwhile, other countries have not yet fully recovered from the pandemic’s impact on tourism, Eurostat said.

This was particularly the case in Latvia (3.9 million in 2022 compared with 5.5 million in 2019; -29.6 per cent) and Slovakia (12.3 million compared with 17.2 million; -28.3 per cent), the agency said.

(Photo: Lance Nelson of Bansko App)

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