47% more tourist overnight stays in 2022

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47% more tourist overnight stays in 2022

43,024,124 overnight stays have been booked in Belgium in 2022. That is 47% more than in 2021, and even 1% more than in 2019.
This is what emerged from the new annual figures about tourist arrivals and overnight stays in Belgium from Statbel, the Belgian statistical office. Figures are published at the level of Belgium, regions and provinces[1]. These tables also show the countries of origin and the type of accommodation (hotel, holiday park, holiday home, etc.).
The increase was the largest in the Brussels-Capital Region with an increase of 162% compared to 2021. However, compared to 2019, there is still a significant decrease (-16%).
In the Walloon Region, there was a 33% increase compared to 2021 and a 6% increase compared to 2019.
The Flemish Region registered an increase of 39% compared to 2021 and an increase of 4% compared to 2019.

Nombre de nuitées par région (2018-2022)

 
  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Belgique 41,320,284 42,512,847 20,177,486 29,220,847 43,024,124
Région flamande 26,126,619 26,356,863 13,276,415 19,859,409 27,522,155
Région wallonne 8,200,604 8,727,266 5,118,198 6,990,502 9,281,177
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale 6,993,061 7,428,718 1,782,873 2,370,936 6,220,792

Compared to 2021, the number of overnight stays increased in each province in 2022. Compared to 2019, there was an increase in all provinces, except in Flemish Brabant.

Nombre de nuitées par province (2018-2022)

 
  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Province d’Anvers 4,864,460 4,912,144 2,056,957 2,984,935 5,273,380
Province du Brabant flamand 2,295,796 2,348,709 805,360 1,076,461 2,127,693
Province du Brabant wallon 488,009 507,424 196,377 317,903 517,975
Province de Flandre occidentale 12,182,123 12,117,431 6,843,417 10,573,285 12,391,043
Province de Flandre orientale 2,454,113 2,565,512 1,164,263 1,673,154 2,869,279
Province de Hainaut 1,296,905 1,337,620 677,447 985,025 1,367,967
Province de Liège 2,468,194 2,590,225 1,553,652 2,069,236 2,766,896
Province de Limbourg 4,330,127 4,413,067 2,406,418 3,551,574 4,860,760
Province de Luxembourg 2,733,464 2,881,127 1,902,634 2,516,831 3,200,491
Province de Namur 1,214,032 1,410,870 788,088 1,101,507 1,427,848

Hotels remain the most impacted by the pandemic with a 7% decrease compared to 2019. Also in holiday parks, there are still fewer overnight stays (-3%) than in 2019.

In holiday homes, camping sites and guest rooms, there were in 2022 more overnight stays than in 2019, i.e. increases of 13%, 8% and 3% respectively.

Hotels remained the most popular accommodation category in 2022 with 45% of overnight stays, followed by gîtes, holiday homes and apartments[2] with 18%.

In 2022, there were still fewer overnight stays of foreign tourists than in 2019 (-9%). The number of overnight stays of domestic tourists has increased compared to 2019 (+11%).

In 2022, domestic tourists accounted for 55% of overnight stays.

Remarks

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

As of 8 February, holiday villages 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. From 9 June 2021 horeca inside was also allowed.

Swimming pools were allowed to reopen on 8 May 2021. In practice, this was often not (yet) the case in holiday parks due to the 1.5 metre rule. Camps and school trips with overnight stays were not 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. Sports camps were only allowed to take place without overnight stays from 26 December 2021.


[1] From 2019 onwards, Statbel no longer publishes municipal figures. For figures at a more detailed level than the provinces, please contact: Toerisme Vlaanderen , Commissariat général au Tourisme of BISA.

[2] The figures for this category are based on a sample selected at provincial level, except for the coast, where figures are provided by real estate agencies.