Tourist accommodation with 50% drop in the EU in 2020

Tourist accommodation with 50% drop in the EU in 2020


The number of nights spent in 2020 compared to the previous year has decreased in all EU member states.

The number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) decreased by half in 2020, compared to the previous year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, according to Eurostat data.

According to the European statistical office, in 2020, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) totaled 1.4 billion, which represents a 52% reduction compared to 2019.

The number of nights spent in 2020 compared to the previous year decreased in all EU member states, with Cyprus, Greece and Malta being the countries most affected, with falls of over 70%.

At the other end of the scale, the Netherlands and Denmark recorded declines of less than 35%.

In 2020, compared to 2019, nights spent by non-residents of the country (foreign visitors) fell by 68%, while nights spent by residents (domestic visitors) fell by 38%.

Among EU countries, only residents of Slovenia (33%), followed by Malta and Cyprus (both 15%) spent more nights of tourism within their own country compared to 2019.

In contrast, Spain, Greece and Romania recorded the biggest drops of more than 40%.

The number of nights spent by foreign tourists in 2020 compared to the previous year decreased in all EU Member States where data are available, the largest decreases of more than 80% were seen in Cyprus and Romania.

In Portugal, tourist accommodation establishments registered 10.5 million guests and 26 million overnight stays, decreases of 61.3% and 63%, respectively, according to preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute (INE).

Overnight stays from residents last year totaled 13.6 million, a decrease of 35.4%, the lowest value since 2013, according to the INE.

Overnight stays from non-residents reached just 12.3 million, down 74.9% (up 3.8% in 2019), the lowest value since 1984.

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