Nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in theropean Union reached 96% of their pre-pandemic levels in 2022, demonstrating a near full recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown that slashed the bloc’s tourism industry in 2020,rostat data showed on Tuesday.
Hotels and similar accommodations, such as bed and breakfasts, apartment hotels and motels, were by far the most frequented across the EU, accounting for 61.6% of total stays, while rented apartments stood at 24% and campgrounds comprising areas for recreation vehicles represented 14.5%.
Recovery, however, was unequal, as countries like “Latvia and Slovakia still faced the biggest gap to bridge, reaching less than 75% of 2019 levels”, while France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark were already fully recovered.
Germans represented the largest share of international tourists, accounting for four of every 10 nights spent in EU accommodations. They also were the majority in 11 out of the 26 member states with available data.
The number of tourist accommodation establishments outpaced recovery, and showed a 4% increase compared with pre-pandemic levels, while available beds grew by 3% compared with 2020, with Italy and France representing more than one-third of the total EU capacity.