Seasonality has always had a big impact on tourism. Alongside the overall decrease in tourism in 2020, the seasonal bias became even more pronounced. The shoulder season between April and June was extremely calm in 2020, due to the travel restrictions as well as other precautionary measures taken in response. Less than 3 % of all tourism nights in 2020 were spent in April and May, while the share of these two months stood at 15% in 2019.
The near absence of tourism flows in spring shifted the distribution towards the summer months as COVID-19 restrictions eased in most countries. The peak summer months, July and August, accounted for 42 % of all nights spent in tourist accommodation in 2020, compared with 32 % in 2019.
The impact of COVID-19 on tourism, in autumn 2020, was less pronounced than the dramatic decline in spring. The share of October to December in the annual nights spent dropped from 20 % in 2019 to 13 % in 2020.
For more information:
- Statistics Explained article on Seasonality in the tourist accommodation sector
- Statistics Explained article on Tourism statistics – nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments
- Eurostat website section dedicated to statistics on tourism
- Eurostat database on tourism