Swiss hotels set an unprecedented record for domestic demand in 2021, with 21 million domestic nights registered, up 27.9 percent from 2020, and a 17 percent increase from pre-pandemic levels, official state statistics revealed.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Swiss hotels recorded 29.6 million overnight stays in 2021 – 24.6% or 5.8 million more than in 2020, showing a clear link between the numbers and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . Overnight stay numbers increased by 1.3 million, showing an increase of 17.1 percent and a total of 8.6 million units. However, the numbers remain low compared to pre-pandemic levels of 25.3 percent, TheSchengen.com reports.
The data further shows that overnight stay numbers were relatively low in the first two months of 2021, 58.1 percent lower than January 2020 and 39.5 percent lower than February of the same year, respectively. However, demand began to rise in March and June. July saw a 6.4 percent increase while the period between August and December boomed, reaching pre-pandemic levels. The largest increases were observed in November, at 94.8 percent, and in December, 64.1 percent.
The Swiss tourism industry has reached 90% of its pre-epidemic levels during the holiday period
International arrivals also saw a slight recovery in 2021, increasing 17.1 percent since 2020 and reaching 8.6 million overnights. Although the year for the industry started poorly, with figures of 79.8 and 79.4 percent lower than 2020, foreign demand rose in April and May, showing increases of 466.9 percent and 324.6 percent, respectively.
The majority of foreign arrivals came from the European Union, where they spent about 828,000 overnight stays, or 13.7 percent more than in 2020. Most of the international guests were Germans, who stayed 369,000 nights – a 16.5 percent increase from 2020. On the other hand, the arrivals were from the kingdom’s registered The United States bottomed out, about 36.2 per cent or 190,000 decreases in overnight stays.
Moreover, the tourism regions of the entire country saw an increase, with Ticino being the most visited region – up 51.8 percent compared to 2020, followed by Geneva (46.3 percent), Basel (39.3 percent) and Zurich (39.1 percent). Smaller increases were observed in Valais (8.6 per cent) and Graubünden (8 per cent).
Switzerland records a 31% decrease in overnight stays in 2020
The occupancy rate for rooms was 41.4 percent – up 5.4 percent from 2020 and lower than in 2019, when the figure was 55.2 percent of the occupancy rate. Of the thirteen tourist regions, only the Valais region (42.6 percent/-1.9 points) experienced a decline in the household occupancy rate. In contrast, Ticino scored the highest (59.4 percent / + 14.6 points). It was the only area with a higher occupancy rate than in 2019.
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