The European statistics office, Eurostat, said that in the first half of 2022, customers spent around 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodation booked through Booking.com, Airbnb, TripAdvisor or Expedia Group in the European Union.
Monthly nights spent in the EU so far this year have already exceeded levels recorded in the first half of 2019, when the platform reported around 193 million nights, according to Eurostat.
Moreover, nights spent in the EU have also increased by 138% compared to the same period in 2021, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“Following a gradual recovery in booking numbers during the second half of 2021, in the first half of 2022 bookings reached and exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time,” reads Eurostat’s statement.
Eurostat explains that in the first quarter of 2022, 67.4 million overnight stays were booked, compared to 27.1 million during the same period in 2021 and 64.5 million overnight stays in 2019. The number of overnight stays spent in the EU increased to 132.0 million overnight stays in the second quarter, compared to 56.7 million in 2021 and 128.8 million in 2019.
Eurostat data further shows that 15 European regions recorded more than one million overnight stays in the first quarter of 2022.
France and Spain had five regions each in the top 15 regions. They all had more than one million room nights booked through online platforms in the first three months of 2022. Italy has two regions, and Portugal, Poland and Austria each have one region that recorded over a million overnight stays.
The list of top 15 regions also includes Alpine regions, such as Rhône-Alpes in France and Tyrol in Austria.
“This list of the top 15 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, that same share was only 12.6%,” Eurostat said.
Also, it was noted that the second group of popular regions includes destinations along the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com indicated that hotel prices are expected to increase in the majority of European cities in 2023. A recent report by American Express Global Business Travel indicates that among the destinations that will see an increase in prices in 2023 include Paris (+ ten percent), Stockholm (+9%) and Dublin (+8.5%).