32% fewer overnight stays in hotels in February 2022 than in 2020

32% fewer overnight stays in hotels in February 2022 than in 2020

The number of overnight stays spent in Belgian tourist accommodations amounted to 1,935,727 in February 2022. At national level, most overnight stays were in holiday centres and villages (19%) and hotels (49%).

Compared to February 2021[1], this is 131% more overnight stays. In hotels, the number of overnight stays increased by 140%. If we compare with 2020, there is however a decrease of 19% in general, and of 32% for hotels.

In the Walloon Region, there were 439,258 overnight stays, which corresponds to an increase of 90% compared to February 2021. In the Flemish and Brussels-Capital Regions, 1,201,677 and 294,792 overnight stays were recorded respectively, i.e. increases of 123% and 329% respectively compared to February 2021. The Flemish Region and the Brussels-Capital Region both register decreases compared to February 2020, of 17% and 43% respectively. In the Walloon Region, there is an increase of 2% compared to February 2020.


Holiday parks and camping sites had to close from 3 November 2020 to 7 February 2021. Hotels and B&B could remain open, but bars and restaurants had to close. Meals had to be taken in the room.

As of 8 February, holiday parks and camping sites were allowed to reopen but their pools, common indoor areas and facilities such as restaurants and bars had to remain closed.

On 8 May 2021, outdoor cafés were allowed to reopen, and from 9 June 2021 horeca inside was also allowed.

Swimming pools were also allowed to reopen on 8 May 2021. In practice, this was not (yet) the case in holiday parks due to the 1.5 metre rule.

Camps and school trips with overnight stays have not been allowed up to and including June 2021.

Indoor playgrounds, subtropical swimming pools and recreational parts of swimming pools had to close from 26 December 2021 to 27 January 2022. This had an impact on holiday parks.

From 26 December 2021, sports camps were only allowed without overnight stays.

Exceptionally, figures for youth hostels and for bed and breakfasts are only available at national level for the months of January, February and May and at regional level for March, April and June 2021.

[1] When interpreting the evolution between the same months of two consecutive years, it is important to take into account the differences in the number of holidays, school holidays or weekends between these two months.