Tourism in EU and Serbia approaches pre-pandemic level

The total number of overnight stays in European accommodation facilities in the first half of this year was still low compared to the same period in 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic, 1.01 billion versus 1.18 billion, according to the latest data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat). 

However, these are better results compared to 2020 and 2021, when 474.7 million and 406.8 million overnight stays, respectively, were recorded. This practically means that, compared to 2019, there were 14 per cent fewer overnight stays in the first half of 2022.

As far as Serbian tourism is concerned, data from the State Statistical Office (RZS) show that during the first six months of this year, 65.4 per cent more tourists visited the country than during the same period last year. At the same time, visits by foreign tourists went up by 135.7 per cent and domestic tourists by 35.8 per cent.

Furthermore, in the first half of 2022, almost five million overnight stays (4,992,483) were recorded in Serbia, an increase of 43.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2021. The data show that, out of the total number of tourists coming to Serbia, 84.6 per cent were foreign (2,044,069 overnight stays), and 23.8 per cent were domestic (2,948,414 overnight stays).

In Belgrade alone, the first six months of this year saw a growth of 108.9 per cent compared to the same period last year, with a total of 470,336 arrivals. There were more foreign tourists by 139.6 per cent (376,879), while the number of domestic tourists was 37.8 per cent higher (93,457). During this period, there were third more tourists in spas (35.4 per cent), of which 112 per cent were foreign and 27.7 per cent local.

In the same period, there were 36.4 per cent more tourists in mountain resorts than in 2021. The number of foreign tourists increased by 80.6 per cent and the number of domestic tourists by 30.2 per cent.

The most visited cities during the first six months of 2022 were Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica and Niš. The most popular spas were Vrnjačka Banja, Sokobanja, Vrdnik Banja and Lukovska Banja, and the mountains Zlatibor, Kopaonik, Divčibare, Tara and Fruška Gora.

(, 28.09.2022)

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