According to the flash estimate, in December 2020, the tourist accommodation sector should have registered 462.5 thousand guests and 972.7 thousand overnight stays, corresponding to year-on-year rates of change of -70.7% and -72.3%, respectively (-76.8% and -76.9% in November, in the same order). Overnight stays of residents will have decreased by 53.9% (-58.8% in November) and those of non-residents will have fallen by 82.9% (-85.5% in the previous month).
In December, 50.0% of tourist accommodation establishments would have been closed or did not received guests (46.9% in November).
When considering the whole year 2020, the tourism accommodation establishments should have registered 10.5 million guests and 26.0 million overnight stays, corresponding to year-on-year rates of change of -61.2% and -63.0% respectively (+7.9% and +4.6% in 2019). The internal market contributed with 13.6 million overnight stays (-35.3%; +6.5% in 2019) and the external markets were responsible for 12.3 million overnight stays (-74.9%; +3.8% in 2019). It would have to go back to 1993, the year in which 23.6 million overnight stays were registered, to find a smaller number of overnight stays.
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