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EU tourism performance exceeds pre-pandemic levels

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The number of nights spent in EU tourist accommodation reached 2.9 billion in 2023.

What has happened

In 2023, the number of nights spent in EU hotels reached 2.9 billion. This is 6.1% more than in 2022 and 1.4% more than in 2019 before the pandemic. This information comes from monthly data on tourist accommodation published by Eurostat.

Dynamics compared to 2022

In 2023, 24 of the 25 EU countries with available data have exceeded the levels of 2022 in terms of the number of nights spent by tourists. The most significant increases were recorded in Malta and Cyprus, with both countries experiencing an increase of 20% in nights spent compared with 2022, followed by Slovakia with an increase of 16%. A slight decrease in the number of nights was recorded in Luxembourg (-1%).

Foreign nationals

Slovakia and the Czech Republic have recorded the highest growth in the number of nights spent by foreign guests, with both countries experiencing an increase of 29% in 2023 compared to 2022. They are followed by the Netherlands and Romania, each with an increase of 23%. At the other end of the spectrum is Luxembourg, which has seen a stable number of nights spent by foreign holidaymakers (0%), while Croatia recorded a modest increase of 2%.

Domestic tourists

In terms of domestic guests (locals), Greece has recorded the highest growth in nights spent, 13% up in 2023 compared to 2022, followed by Slovakia (+11%) and Bulgaria (+9%). The largest declines in the number of nights spent by domestic guests were observed in Slovenia (-17%), Hungary (-5%) and Luxembourg (-4%).

Source: Eurostat

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