Tourist accommodations

5.63 million overnight stays in August 2019

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5.63 million overnight stays in August 2019

The number of overnight stays spent in tourist accommodations in August 2019 amounted to 5.63 million.

37% of them took place in a hotel.

3,685,103 overnight stays were registered in the Flemish Region, 1,300,631 in the Walloon Region and 641,487 in Brussels.

Tourism figures 2018

41,320,284 overnight stays have been booked in Belgium in 2018. That is 7 % more than in 2017.

The Brussels-Capital Region registers the sharpest increase, with 10 % more overnight stays than in 2017.

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Overnight stays in 2018 by region and most common countries of origin (a)

REGION Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total 41.320.284 26.126.619 8.200.604 6.993.061
Belgium 20.755.601 14.692.728 4.573.308 1.489.565
Non-residents 20.177.590 11.195.963 3.556.939 5.424.688
The Netherlands 5.151.799 3.131.358 1.760.034 260.407
France 2.807.587 1.451.202 597.176 759.209
Germany 2.680.019 1.889.201 340.993 449.825
United Kingdom 2.040.491 1.361.382 202.746 476.363
United States 910.995 401.638 47.876 461.481
Spain 836.346 292.844 47.240 496.262
Italy 577.175 234.779 71.643 270.753
Other 5.173.178 2.433.559 489.231 2.250.388
"(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 2018 per region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 17.559.915 10.322.116 3.525.744 3.712.055
Hotels (nace 55.1) 11.501.411 6.046.855 1.941.856 3.512.700
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 1.535.175 1.169.214 190.122 175.839
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 1.453.779 1.081.950 371.829 0
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 1.354.683 784.870 568.004 1.809
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 643.002 523.777 97.518 21.707
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 202.270 202.270 0 0
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 869.595 513.180 356.415 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 2018 by region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 41.320.284 26.126.619 8.200.604 6.993.061
Hotels (nace 55.1) 20.282.489 10.524.316 3.138.668 6.619.505
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 4.291.176 3.414.086 555.432 321.658
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 5.426.591 4.082.986 1.343.605 0
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 6.481.175 4.669.739 1.805.915 5.521
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 1.151.925 944.898 160.650 46.377
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 462.150 462.150 0 0
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 3.224.778 2.028.444 1.196.334 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).

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