Tourism in 2022 is close to pre-pandemic levels – Products Eurostat News

The EU tourism industry appears to be making a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation in 2022 was close to the pre-pandemic level (2,720 million nights in 2022 compared to 2,880 million in 2019; -5.6%). This represents substantial increases compared to the number of nights spent in 2020 and 2021 (1.42 billion in 2020, 1.83 billion in 2021; +91.1% and +48.3% in 2022, respectively).

Over the course of 2022, monthly tourism figures increased continuously, eventually approaching the levels of the corresponding months in 2019. Compared to the first half of 2019 before the summer (January-June), in the same period of 2022 , nights spent in tourist accommodation decreased by 11.0%. Meanwhile, the July-December period closely mirrored 2019 levels of overnight stays (-1.9%).

This information comes from the first tourism estimates published today by Eurostat (based on monthly data for January-October or November, depending on each respective country). This article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed article Statistics Explained.

Line chart: overnight stays in tourist accommodation in the EU, 2012-2022, in billions

Source data sets: tour_occ_ninat and tour_occ_nim

The 2022 data also shows that nights spent by international guests have approached 2019 levels (1.19 billion nights in 2022 compared to 1.36 billion in 2019; -12.6%). This represents a strong increase compared to the number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in 2020 and in 2021 (412.5 million overnight stays in 2020, 587.8 million in 2021; +188.8% and +102.6% in 2022, respectively).

In terms of domestic travel, data for 2022 shows a record 1.53 billion overnight stays, an increase of 10.9 million compared to 2019 (+0.7%).

Among the EU countries, the number of overnight stays of national and foreign tourists in 2022 compared to 2019 increased in three of the Member States with available data: Denmark (38.4 million overnight stays in 2022 compared to 34.3 million in 2019 ; +12.3%), the Netherlands (128.3 million vs. 123.4 million; +3.9%) and Belgium (42.7 million vs. 42.5 million; +0.5%).

Bar graph: Nights in tourist accommodation in the EU, 2022 compared to 2019 in %

Source data sets: tour_occ_ninat and tour_occ_nim

Meanwhile, other countries have yet to fully recover from the impact of the pandemic on tourism. This was particularly the case in Latvia (3.9 million in 2022 compared to 5.5 million in 2019; -29.6%) and Slovakia (12.3 million compared to 17.2 million; -28.3% ).

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