After a 2020 Christmas marked by the pandemic and the limitation of movements, this year the trips return for these winter holidays. This year, the average spending of Europeans in hotel reservations has risen 76% compared to 2020, which shows the positive evolution of a sector that continues with the gradual recovery experienced during the summer months.
The average cost of reservations amounts to 433 euros, compared to 246 euros the previous year and 211 euros in 2019, according to data from the online travel agency eBooking. Switzerland is the country with the highest spending on Christmas travel bookings with an average spending of 715 euros, followed by Netherlands -with 649 euros-, France with 479 euros, Spain with 347 euros, Germany with 329 euros, Italy with 267 euros and Portugal with 242 euros. Europeans book 3 days on average; although the French go up to four and the Italians, Swiss and Dutch stay at two. EBooking data also reveals that Spain, Germany and Portugal are within the average.
“It is surprising that last year there were more holidays outside the weekend and even so the average basket was lower although higher than in 2019. With the pandemic, there was little travel and hotels had very low prices to attract customers. clients ”, assesses Toni Raurich, eBooking advisor.
Likewise, he adds that “Christmas is marked by family reunions and home gatherings, but they are also a few days when traveling and seeing places with traditions and decoration become the dream of many. Visit cities like New York With its spectacular Christmas lighting or markets in central Europe, it has become a regular at these festivals. They are usually short trips of between 2 and 4 days, which are full of magic ”.
Drop in foreign tourists until August
The first eight months of the year, marked by persistent uncertainty and the uneven recovery of the source markets due to such heterogeneous travel policies between countries, have led to losses in the number of tourists and overnight stays. A situation that has been reflected in the number of foreigners who have traveled in our country: 684,000 fewer tourists than in 2020 despite the advance in vaccination.
In Spain, the balance for the first eight months of 2021 reflects the difficult situation the tourism sector is going through after the pandemic. On Europe, the relaxation of travel restrictions was uneven across countries for the summer, seriously affecting the behavior of international tourism demand in Spain. According to data published by the INE, obtained from FRONTUR, international demand contracted 4.2% compared to 2020 and 74.2% less compared to 2019, registering 15,008,338 tourists. This figure represents a loss of 43.1 million tourists compared to the pre-pandemic period.
Between January and August, France is positioned as the main issuing market (22.3%), followed by Germany (17%), and United Kingdom, with 1.5 million tourists, ranks third. France and GermanyLike other markets, they registered a higher number of foreign tourists compared to 2020, leading to a slight recovery from the pandemic, although still far from the precovid figures. The source markets with the highest number of arrivals Spain compared to 2020 were: Switzerland (53.2%), Germany (23.9%), Belgium (22.6%), the Netherlands (23.1%), France (16.1%) and Portugal (13 , 8%).