Tourist accommodations

2,444,610 overnight stays in February 2024

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2,444,610 overnight stays in February 2024

The number of overnight stays spent in Belgian tourist accommodations amounted to 2,444,610 in February 2024. Most of these overnight stays were in:

  • Hotels (54%)
  • Holiday parks (16%)
  • Holiday homes and apartments (12%).

The number of overnight stays remains stable in February 2024 (+0%)[1] compared to February 2023 (2,446,375).

In the Walloon Region, there were 475,764 overnight stays, or a 2% decrease compared to February 2023.

In the Flemish Region, there were 1,464,241 overnight stays, which is a status quo (+0%) compared to February 2023.

In the Brussels-Capital Region, there were 504,605 overnight stays, or a 2% increase compared to February 2023.


[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.

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Overnight stays in 2022 by region and most common countries of origin (a)

REGION Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total 43,024,124 27,522,155 9,281,177 6,220,792
Belgium 23,646,343 16,410,504 5,695,405 1,540,434
Non-residents 18,797,995 10,708,753 3,521,731 4,567,511
The Netherlands 6,132,546 3,968,570 1,865,017 298,959
France 2,665,869 1,265,727 572,658 827,484
Germany 2,661,048 1,831,159 380,991 448,898
United Kingdom 1,321,589 848,260 127,018 346,311
Spain 703,982 269,753 44,049 390,180
United States 701,055 315,331 38,469 347,255
Italy 539,692 208,820 72,281 258,591
Other 4,072,214 2,001,133 421,248 1,649,833
"(a) The figures include both real holidays and stays related to congresses, seminars, conferences and other professional purposes. Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium)"
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Arrivals in 2022 per region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 17,626,645 10,565,442 3,900,995 3,160,208
Hotels (nace 55.1) 10,805,275 5,765,231 2,002,898 3,037,146
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 1,480,489 1,092,707 298,295 89,487
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 1,313,102 945,081 368,021 0
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 1,807,077 1,050,546 751,385 5,146
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 667,745 533,788 105,528 28,429
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 636,971 636,971 0 0
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 915,986 541,118 374,868 0
"(a) The figures include both real holidays and stays related to congresses, seminars, conferences and other professional purposes. Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium)"
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Overnight stays in 2022 by region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 43,024,124 27,522,155 9,281,177 6,220,792
Hotels (nace 55.1) 19,336,767 10,100,103 3,268,538 5,968,126
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 4,295,695 3,292,760 828,414 174,521
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 5,370,180 4,016,224 1,353,956 0
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 7,822,620 5,483,073 2,324,843 14,704
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 1,212,715 971,271 178,003 63,441
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 1,697,842 1,697,842 0 0
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 3,288,305 1,960,882 1,327,423 0
"(a) The figures include both real holidays and stays related to congresses, seminars, conferences and other professional purposes. Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium)"

Purpose and brief description

The purpose of this survey is to measure the volume of domestic and inbound tourism, expressed in number of arrivals and overnight stays, by purpose of the trip and country of residence of the guest.

Population

Accommodation establishments

Frequency

Monthly.

Timing of publication

Results available 3 months after the reference period

Definitions

Country of residence of the tourist: the country of residence is the country where the traveller has lived for most of the past 12 months.

Type of accommodation: the collective tourist accommodation establishments are divided according to the NACE code.

Number of arrivals: an arrival is defined as a person who arrives at a collective accommodation establishment and stays there at least one night. Arrivals are registered by country of residence of the guest and by purpose of the trip.

Number of overnight stays: An overnight stay is each night a guest spends or is registered in a collective accommodation establishment. Overnight stays are registered by country of residence of the guest and by purpose of the trip.

Purpose of the trip: there is only one main purpose for a trip, in the absence of which the trip would not have taken place. The Directive distinguishes two main reasons to travel:(i) business and professional; (ii) holidays, recreation and leisure. Holidays due to 'Visits to friends and relatives' should be included in point (ii).

Note

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 has had a major impact on the horeca sector. Numerous measures have been taken to contain the spread of this virus.

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. During this same period, only sports camps without overnight stays were authorised.

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