Tourist accommodations

56% less overnight stays in April 2021 compared to April 2019

Enterprises
56% less overnight stays in April 2021 compared to April 2019

The number of overnight stays in tourist accommodations was 1,753,292 in April 2021. On a national level, most overnight stays were in holiday homes (32%) and hotels (30%).

Compared to April 2019[*], there were 56% fewer overnight stays: the number of overnight stays in hotels decreased by 72%, in holiday parks by 55% and in youth hostels by even 97%.
In the Walloon Region, there were 474,788 overnight stays, which corresponds to a decrease of 41% compared to April 2019. In the Flemish and Brussels-Capital Region, 1,212,587  and 65,917 overnight stays were recorded respectively, this means a decrease of 52% and 90% respectively compared to April 2019.

Remark

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.
Camps and school trips with overnight stays were still not allowed in April 2021. So there were hardly any overnight stays in the youth hostels in April either.
Exceptionally, figures for this category and for bed and breakfasts are only available at national level for the months of January and February and on a regional level for March and April.


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

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Overnight stays-countries
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Overnight stays in 2020 by region and most common countries of origin (a)

REGION Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total 20,177,486 13,276,415 5,118,198 1,782,873
Belgium 13,630,700 9,488,855 3,642,837 499,008
Non-residents 6,405,973 3,679,884 1,454,588 1,271,501
The Netherlands 2,100,587 1,228,464 794,921 77,202
France 1,071,936 532,679 250,591 288,666
Germany 999,814 751,855 125,698 122,261
United Kingdom 377,653 213,148 65,568 98,937
Spain 176,939 71,732 12,956 92,251
Italy 175,052 77,978 29,361 67,713
Other 1,503,992 804,028 175,493 524,471
"(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 2020 per region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 7,376,417 4,431,080 1,953,048 992,289
Hotels (nace 55.1) 4,342,383 2,381,086 1,018,218 943,079
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 485,046 376,572 70,182 38,292
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 590,388 400,705 189,683  
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 848,301 516,123 328,224 3,954
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 327,055 254,266 65,825 6,964
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 229,165 229,165    
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 554,079 273,163 280,916  
"(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 2020 by region and type of accommodation (a)

Region Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
Total (nace 55) 20,177,486 13,276,415 5,118,198 1,782,873
Hotels (nace 55.1) 7,722,771 4,277,596 1,758,100 1,687,075
Youth hostels (NACE 55.201) 2,002,795 1,676,983 255,905 69,907
Holiday centres and villages (NACE 55.202) 2,412,036 1,640,156 771,880  
Holiday homes and appartments (NACE 55.203) 4,533,348 3,364,797 1,157,987 10,564
Guest rooms (NACE 55.204) 619,301 484,213 119,761 15,327
Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE 55.209) 663,338 663,338    
Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE 55.3) 2,223,897 1,169,332 1,054,565  
"(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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