Number of nights spent by tourists in EU fell by 52% in 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the tourism industry across Europe, as the number of nights booked by tourists in hotels and other accommodations dropped by 52% in 2020 compared to the previous year, the EU statistical office, Eurostat, said on Tuesday.

In an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, European countries have taken various measures, including lockdowns and restrictions on air traffic since the pandemic began.

“In 2020, the tourism industry suffered from the Covid-19 outbreak: the number of nights spent at EU tourist accommodation establishments dropped by 52% in 2020 compared with 2019,” Eurostat said in a press release.

There was a sharp decline between April and June 2020 due to travel restrictions and other preventative measures taken in response to the pandemic; as a result, April and May accounted for less than 3% of all tourism nights in 2020, whereas they accounted for 15% in 2019.—AP

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