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

Last update: 22.07.2021
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Publisher: Headquarters Bratislava
Topic: Sectoral statistics
Domain: Tourism
Publish Date: 22.07.2021

In May, the number of visitors to hotels and boarding houses increased, but still rose to only 22 % of the pre-pandemic level

The number of foreigners was the highest in the last seven months but they still represented only a negligible share of the number of visits

The number of visits and overnight stays in hotels, boarding houses and other accommodation establishments in the SR rose rapidly in May 2021, but still lagged significantly behind the pre-pandemic level (in May 2019).

The tourist accommodation establishments were visited by almost 120 thousand people and visitors spent 376,5 thousand nights in the accommodation establishments. These values were twofold of those recorded the previous month and threefold of the last-year values. However, last May and this April there were record drops due to the measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compared to the pre-pandemic situation (May 2019), the accommodation providers had only almost a quarter of visitors (by 78 % less). In the fifth month, two years ago, up to 553 thousand visitors used the accommodation services, spending 1,45 million overnight stays.


The number of visitors in the SR consisted mainly of domestic tourists, their number exceeded 100 thousand and accounted for 86 % of the guests. The most domestic tourists visited the regions of Žilina, Prešov and Banská Bystrica, together these three regions represented more than half of the total number of domestic visits in May.

At the same time, 16 thousand foreign visitors used the accommodation services with almost 42 thousand overnight stays, which was the highest number in the last 7 months. However, before the pandemic, the number of visitors in May reached 225 thousand foreign visitors and more than half a million overnight stays. The region of Bratislava was visited by the highest number of foreign visitors (40 %), followed by the regions of Trnava, Prešov and Žilina.

In total, for the months of January to May 2021, 259,5 thousand visitors were accommodated in tourism establishments, which represents a year-on-year  decrease by 77 % and at the same time a 89 % drop compared to the corresponding period last year. Year-on-year, the number of domestic visitors decreased to 70,4 % and the number of foreigners to 89,7 %.

Note: Statistics of accommodation establishments contain data from all legal entities and natural persons with assigned registration number, which are kept in the Register of Accommodation Establishments of the SO SR and provide temporary accommodation to visitors of tourism.

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