Greece was among the countries showing the most promising signs of a recovery in tourism this summer, compared to 2020, in terms of the number of nights spent by tourists in accommodation establishments.
According to data released by Eurostat on Monday, Greece recorded second highest increase in number of overnight stays in EU tourist accommodation establishments – such as hotels, holiday accommodation and other short-term accommodation, and campsites – compared to the summer months of 2020, after Malta.
“In the summer of 2021, tourism showed signs of recovery after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Eurostat said, noting that August 2021 showed the most promising signs of recovery compared to figures from before COVID in terms of the number of nights spent in tourism. accommodation establishments in the EU.
More specifically, August 2021 recorded a decrease of 20% compared to August 2019, while August 2020 had seen a decrease of 30% compared to August 2019. These signs of recovery were also observed in July (-29% in 2021; -40% in 2020) and in June (-51%; -70%).
In the three summer months, June to August 2021, 856 million nights were spent in tourist accommodation across the EU, down 31% from the pre-covid summer of 2019. The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments has decreased in all Member States. Member States in July-August 2021 compared to 2019. The decrease was over 25% for 10 of the 24 Member States for which data are available.
In Greece, overnight stays fell by 48% compared to 2019, but increased sharply compared to 2020.
Compared with 2020, however, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in June-August 2021 increased in almost all Member States for which data is available. Only Latvia recorded a decrease (-16%).
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