Platform tourism: 2022 levels so far exceed 2019 levels – Products Eurostat News
In the first half of 2022, customers spent approximately 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodations booked through Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group or Tripadvisor in the EU, an increase of approximately 138% compared to compared to the same period in 2021. With this value, platform tourism exceeded the levels recorded in the first half of 2019, the year before the Covid-19 pandemic, when the platforms reported around 193 million overnight stays.
Today’s release marks the first time that Eurostat has published monthly data on short-term accommodation offered through online platforms relating to the current year. They are the result of an agreement between the European Commission and the four private collaborative economy platforms reached in March 2020, showing that private data can be successfully used as a source of official statistics, albeit experimental.
This article presents a number of highlights from the more detailed Statistics Explained article. For a more in-depth analysis, please also consult our annual articles.
After a gradual recovery in the number of bookings during the second half of 2021, in the first half of 2022 bookings reached and exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time. In the first quarter, 67.4 million nights were booked, compared to 27.1 million during the same period in 2021 (a period strongly affected by travel restrictions due to Covid-19) and 64.5 million nights in 2019. The numbers rose to 132.0 million nights in the second quarter, from 56.7 million in 2021 and 128.8 million in 2019.
While comparisons with 2021 document a robust recovery in all 31 countries, developments in each country since 2019 have varied.
15 regions with more than 1 million overnight stays in Q1 2022
Note: Due to the nature of Eurostat’s agreement with partner platforms, monthly regional data are published three months after national level data. Therefore, while EU and country level data discussed above refers to data up to and including June 2022, regional data refers to January to March 2022.
France and Spain each had five regions in the top 15 regions, with more than one million room nights booked through online platforms in the first quarter of 2022. Italy had two regions, and Austria, Poland and Portugal had one region each.
This top 15 of regions includes alpine regions, such as Tyrol in Austria and Rhône-Alpes in France, where in 2019, respectively 42.2% and 31.5% of overnight stays were recorded in the first quarter. In the EU as a whole, this same share was only 12.6%. The second group of popular regions were the sunny regions along the Mediterranean (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Catalonia and Andalusia) and the Canary Islands.
Two regions (Rhône-Alpes in France and Canarias in Spain) total more than 4 million overnight stays.
For more information:
• This list shows the translations of region names in EU member states in English.
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