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Switzerland Registered 31% Decrease in Overnight Accomodations in 2020

Figures from Switzerland’s Federal Statistical Office revealed that 38.5 million night stays were registered in the country in 2020, which translates to a 31.5 percent drop compared to demand in 2019, before the spread of the coronavirus.

The same source shows that the hotel industry accounts for the largest share of the demand, with more than 60 percent of overnight stays registered, reports.

The year 2020 was the worst year for the tourism sectors in European countries due to the spread of the Corona virus and the restrictions and travel bans imposed by the countries authorities in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The precautionary measures imposed by the Swiss government to stem the spread of COVID-19 have also negatively affected the country’s tourism sector as well as the economic sector.

In terms of international demand, Swiss customers accounted for a total of 73.4 percent of overnight stays registered at tourist accommodations in Switzerland. Despite the exceptional situation in 2020, it recorded a slight decrease or only 3.7 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

“This was not the case for foreign demand, which saw a historic low (-61.9 per cent), with European guests having the highest number of overnight stays, accounting for 22.9 per cent of total demand. The demand for complementary accommodations came mainly from Swiss visitors. (80.3 percent) This share was also in the majority in the hotel sector but was slightly lower (69.1 percent), the statement said.

A decrease in monthly demand was also observed during 2020, as many countries temporarily suspended travel for non-essential reasons.

The report shows that monthly demand decreased by 62.1 percent in March 2020, 91.8 percent in April, and 78.6 percent in May, which is a deep decline compared to 2019 figures.

“In tourist accommodation in Switzerland, the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in the months from July to October – 19.9 million overnight stays in these four months alone, 51.7 per cent of annual demand,” the statement read.

Compared to other European countries, Swiss tourist accommodation in 2020 has seen an analog but less pronounced development of overnight stays, posting a 31.5 percent decline compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

“In 2020 at the European level, the number of overnight stays generated by both non-residents and residents decreased (-69.6 percent and -34.0 percent, respectively, compared to 2019). This trend was also observed in countries neighboring Switzerland. For Switzerland, The scenario was nearly identical for overnight stays for non-residents with a decrease of 61.9 percent,” the statement read.

However, according to data provided by the Swiss government, demand from the population was stable with a slight decrease of 3.7 percent.

The authorities in Switzerland are trying to find effective ways to help the tourism sector recover from the damage caused by the Corona virus and its new strains.

In January, Switzerland’s official tourism page announced that due to loosened travel restrictions and the opening of borders to travelers who had completed the virus immunization process, Switzerland had recorded an increase in overnight stays during the holiday season.

In order to facilitate the travel process, the authorities in Switzerland have announced that they may cancel the Swiss COVID-19 vaccination certificate for tourists.

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