Tourism across European countries is beginning to pick up, after nearly two years of limited capacity.
According to data from the European statistics provider, Eurostat, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation facilities was 1.8 billion – 27 percent more than in 2020 and 37 percent less than in 2019, when coronavirus restrictions were not imposed, Schengen Visa Info reports. com.
The number of nights spent by non-residents was about 600 million, and the number of nights spent by residents was about 1.1 billion nights, compared to the statistics of 2020.
Positive signs of tourism recovery were noted in Greece, Spain and Croatia, with each of these countries experiencing increases of more than 70 percent in the number of nights spent by tourists. At the other end of the scale, Latvia, Slovakia and Austria all posted steep 18 percent declines, Latvia also remains an affected country compared to the number of nights spent in 2021 with the year before the pandemic of 2019, plus Slovakia. Malta and Hungary with cuts exceeding 50 per cent. Denmark and the Netherlands, which scored the highest in this area, posted a drop of less than 20 percent.
A key finding of Eurostat data is that non-residents in the country spent more nights in 2021 than in the previous year, increasing rates from 29 percentage points in 2020 to 32 percent in 2021, showing an increase of 3 percent. This increase occurred due to the proportion of guests from other EU countries, which jumped from 21 percent in 2020 to 24 percent in 2021, while the proportion of guests from the rest of Europe and the rest of the world remained the same, with five percent and three percent, Individually.
Comparing 2021 data with pre-pandemic figures, EU countries show a decrease in the number of non-resident guests. Latvia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic were the worst affected, recording a decrease of more than 75 percent, while Croatia and Luxembourg were the least affected, recording a decrease of less than 45 percent. Previous Eurostat data confirms the recovery in the travel and tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. A report published by the authority in January showed that the number of commercial flights in the European Union increased by 130 per cent in 2021.
In addition, the same source states that 383,720 commercial flights were operated in December 2021, an increase of 129.7 percent over the corresponding period of the previous year when 166,990 flights were operated and 24 percent less than in December 2019 (504,270).