Overnight stays in tourism establishments in the European Union (EU) decreased by 50% between January and August, compared to the same period in 2019, due to the covid-19 pandemic, according to Eurostat.
According to data released today, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU from January to August, such as hotels, other accommodation and short-term camps, totaled 1.1 billion, a 50% decline from homologous period of 2019.
Considering the monthly data, the most substantial falls in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments were recorded in April (-95%) and in May (-89%), compared to the same months of 2019.
In the summer period, with the easing of containment measures, there was only a partial recovery, with falls of 71% in June, 42% in July and 32% in August.
In the July-August 2020 period, overnight stays in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU decreased by 37% compared to the same period in 2019.
In these two months, there was a greater decrease in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation by guests from foreign countries (-60% compared to the same period in 2019) than by guests residing in the reporting country (-17%).
The number of nights spent at tourist establishments fell in all EU member states from January to July.