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Development of tourism in accommodation establishments in the SR in July 2022
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Development of tourism in accommodation establishments in the SR in July 2022

12.09.2022
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12.09.2022

Last July, domestic tourists positively affected the number of visitors, in July 2022 their one-fifth decrease was replaced by foreigners

The number of domestic visitors in the first holiday month dropped the most year-on-year in Žilinský and Prešovský kraj. Domestic guests were replaced by foreigners, whose number was the highest in July 2022 since the beginning of the pandemic. Although the total number of visitors increased slightly year-on-year, it lagged 14% behind the corresponding period of the record tourist year 2019.

In July of this year, 609 thousand guests visited tourist accommodation establishments in Slovakia. Their year-on-year visit rate during the first holiday month rose by 4.1%, but compared to the pre-Covid period (July 2019), there were still less than 100 thousand guests in accommodation establishments, i.e. a sixth of the total number of visitors. Current values were approximately at the level of July 2018. Guests spent more than 1.8 million nights in accommodation establishments, the average length of stay in July was 3 nights.

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Although domestic visitors represented two-thirds of the total number of visitors in July and 391 thousand of them were accommodated in hotels and guest houses, this was a 20% decrease year-on-year. But last year was a record in terms of the domestic visit rate. Due to travel safety and also strict measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in individual countries, Slovaks spent their holidays mainly in their own country.

The improving pandemic situation and the gradual easing of security measures have affected the travel behavior of not only the domestic population. Žilinský and Prešovský kraj recorded the biggest drop in the number of domestic guests, down to 28%. Their number rose year-on-year only in Bratislavský kraj. Compared to July 2019, they had more domestic visitors only in Trnavský and Žilinský kraj. The largest number of Slovaks spent their vacation in July, despite a significant year-on-year decrease, in Žilinský kraj (97 thousand) and Prešovský kraj (74 thousand).

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The slow return of foreign visitors to Slovak hotels and guest houses during the summer season continued in July of this year. 218 thousand foreign visitors used accommodation services in July, it is the highest number since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign visitors doubled year-on-year and the number of visitors was only a quarter short on values in the pre-pandemic period. The highest number (81 thousand) of foreigners visited Bratislavský kraj again. It was followed by Žilinský kraj (42 thousand foreign visitors) and Prešovský kraj (35 thousand foreign visitors). The lowest number of foreigners visited Trenčiansky kraj.

In total, in January-July 2022, 2.5 million visitors stayed in accommodation establishments. Compared to the corresponding period before the pandemic (July 2019), there were less than a third of visitors. During the first seven months, 807 thousand foreigners used accommodation services, in 2019 their number increased by 40%, i.e. 1.4 million. As for the domestic visitors, the number of visitors decreased by only a fifth compared to 2019, since the beginning of the year, 1.7 million domestic visitors used accommodation services. Guests together spent almost 7 million nights in accommodation establishments, in 2019, their number was 10 million.


Note: The 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.

Source od data database DATAcube.:

Monthly data – year-on-year comparison (the corresponding period of the last year = 100):

Quarterly data – year-on-year comparison (the corresponding period of the last year = 100):

Monthly data:

Detailed monthly data are available in the central DATAcube. database in Chapter 4 - Sectoral statistics / 4.5 - Tourism / 4.5.1 - Statistics on accommodation establishments / 4.5.1.3 - Monthly data. They contain indicators on the number of visitors for individual months from 2017 up to the level of districts (including data on foreigners in the classification by country of origin) and selected cities and municipalities that are not confidential (more on the methodology in the Methodological Explanatory Notes on Tourism Statistics).

Quarterly data:

At the same time, the SOSR updated the extended quarterly tourism data in the DATAcube. data-base in Chapter 4 - Sectoral statistics / 4.5 - Tourism / 4.5.1 – Statistics on accommodation estab-lishments / 4.5.1.2 - Quarterly data. They contain indicators on the number of visitors, but also on turnover and capacities of accommodation establishments in the SR, including new indicators, such as average number of available bedrooms, net occupancy rate of bedrooms, etc. Data are available at the level of the SR, regions and, more recently, at the level of districts and municipalities from 2017 to 2021.

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