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 percent). 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 percent and +48.3 percent 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 percent. Meanwhile, the period July-December closely mirrored 2019 levels of nights spent (-1.9 percent).
This information comes from early estimates on tourism published by Eurostat today (based on monthly January-October or November data, depending on each respective country). This article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article.
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 percent). 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 percent and +102.6 percent in 2022, respectively).
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 percent).
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 percent), the Netherlands (128.3 million compared with 123.4 million; +3.9 percent) and Belgium (42.7 million compared with 42.5 million; +0.5 percent).