Eurostat:Tourism was among the first industries hit by the COVID19 pandemic resulting in sharp drops in the first months of 2020

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During the early part of 2020, the tourism industry has suffered as a result of travel restrictions implemented in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This is evident when comparing 2020 tourism figures with those of 2019.

From January to May 2020, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, such as hotels, holiday and other short-stay accommodation, camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks, a decline of 56% from January-May 2019.

In terms of individual months within this period, the most substantial falls in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments were recorded in April (-95%) and May (-88%) compared with the same months of 2019. Prior to the pandemic, there had been a small improvement in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation, with increases of 5% and 6% in January and February respectively.

There was a similar trend displayed in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation, regardless of whether the guests were from the reporting country or foreign countries.