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Development of tourism in accommodation establishments in the SR in March 2021

Last update: 24.05.2021
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Publisher: Headquarters Bratislava
Topic: Sectoral statistics
Domain: Tourism
Publish Date: 24.05.2021

In March, hotels and boarding houses had only 34 thousand guests, two years ago there were 434 thousand visitors in the same month

In March, 34 thousand people visited tourist accommodation establishments in Slovakia, it was a quarter of the number compared to March last year, which was the first month of the pandemic in Slovakia. Compared to March 2019, i.e. the situation before the pandemic, it was only less than a tenth of visitors. Month-on-month, the number of visitors increased slightly, and the number of foreigners was also higher.

In March this year, 34 thousand people used accommodation services within tourism, while the number of visitors increased by 15,8 % compared to the previous month, but a high year-on-year drop of 78 % persisted. Guests spent 148,5 thousand nights in accommodation establishments (a year-on-year decrease by 71 %).

Development of the number of visitors in the SR - Graph

The dynamics of the drop in the number of guests and overnight stays have eased from 90 % of the values in recent months, mainly because since March year-on-year comparisons with the pandemic-hit March 2020 have been made. Last March, the number of visitors in hotels, boarding houses and other tourism establishments reached 152 thousand people and 516 overnight stays, two years ago (in March 2019), there were 434 thousand visitors and 1,2 million overnight stays.

In March, the number of visitors in the Slovak Republic was represented mainly by domestic tourists; their number decreased by 72,1 % year-on-year to 28 thousand. Of the total number of accommodated visitors, they represented a 82,5% share. The largest number of domestic tourists visited Bratislavský kraj (7,1 thousand people) and Žilinský kraj (4,8 thousand people) in March.

A significant drop in the number of foreign guests still persists

At the same time, 6 thousand foreign visitors visited the accommodation establishments, which was lower by 88,4 %, year-on-year. In March, the number of foreign visitors in the previous year was already marked by a pandemic, therefore only 51 thousand people spent the night in the SR, but a year before the pandemic (March 2019) their number exceeded 155 thousand persons. On the positive side, the number of foreigners increased by 13,6 % compared to the previous month.

In the first quarter of 2021, almost 90 thousand visitors were accommodated in tourism establishments, which represented a year-on-year drop by 91,7 %. The number of domestic visitors was lower by 89,5 % and the number of foreigners by 95,7 %.

By the end of the first quarter, accommodation services were provided by 4 605 ​​accommodation establishments in Slovakia. Their number increased year-on-year by 140 buildings based on the update of the Statistical register of accommodation establishments by municipalities. There were 71,1 thousand rooms with 186,3 thousand beds (of which 167,9 thousand permanent beds). The number of rooms decreased by 776 and the number of beds by1,6 thousand. The net use of fixed beds fell to 6,8 % in the first quarter, and the use of rooms to 9,2 %.

Quarterly turnover of accommodation providers fell by 90 %

Accommodation establishments in the first quarter of 2021 achieved turnover of EUR 9,6 million, which was only 10 % of turnover in the corresponding period of the previous year. Turnover from foreign visitors in the Slovak Republic accounted for only 19,6 % of the total turnover of accommodation providers in the first quarter. In total, foreigners generated turnover of EUR 1,9 million and decreased by 95,2 % compared to the previous year. Turnover of domestic visitors amounted to EUR 7,7 million, which accounted for 80,4 % of total turnover of accommodation establishments.

Among the regions, the highest turnover was achieved by accommodation establishments in Žilinský kraj (EUR 2,4 million) and in Bratislavský and Trnavský kraj (both EUR 1,6 million). Accommodation establishments had the lowest turnover in Nitriansky kraj (EUR 385 thousand) and in Košicský kraj (EUR 565 thousand).

Note: statistics of accommodation establishments contain data from all legal entities and natural persons with assigned Iden-tification Number, which are kept in the Register of Accommodation Establishments of the SO SR and provide temporary tourist accommodation.


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