Berlin sees steep decline in accommodation and overnight stays between 2019 and 2021, report reveals

The latest data released by the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office show that new records have been set for the number of overnight stays in Berlin in recent years.

Statistics reveal that from 2001 to 2019, the number of overnight stays increased by an average of 6.2% per year, which means that three times as many overnight stays were reported in 2019 than in 2001, reports

In 2020, the number of customers in the capital remained the same at 4.9 million as in 2001 and therefore 64.6% less than in 2019.

“The number of overnight stays decreased by 64.0% compared to the previous year to 12.3 million. The number of domestic customers decreased in 2020 compared to 2019 by 56.8% to 3.7 million and overnight stays by 54.1% to around 8.6 million. The number of customers arriving from abroad even fell by 76.5% to 1.3 million during this period. Their overnight stays fell by 76.0% to 3.7 million,” The Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office reveals.

According to the analysis, the highest relative loss in night shifts was youth homes with 67.1%, followed by hotels with a decrease of 65.6%.

In addition, in the first eight months of 2021, 6.6 million overnight stays were recorded in Berlin accommodation, which is 30.5% less than in the same period a year earlier.

Meanwhile, compared to the first eight months of 2019, before the start of the pandemic, the number of overnight stays even fell by 71.1%.

The data also shows the decrease in the number of inbound customers and overnight stays recorded with travel restrictions from March 2020.

Berlin in April 2020 recorded only 162,000 overnight stays and 51,000 guests.

There was a slight recovery in the summer of 2020. The ban on overnight stays for tourist purposes from November 2020 to the beginning of June 2021 can again be clearly seen in the data. Only overnight stays for professional reasons and special family occasions allowed accommodation providers to register between 5.4% and 34.3% of overnight stays before the Corona containment measures, depending on the month”, also reveals the report.

During the July-August 2020 period, less than half of the overnight stays in the comparable months of 2019 were estimated at 44.2%. While in the same period of 2021, 60.9% were reported compared to 2019.

Businesses in downtown Berlin fell by 9.7 million overnight stays, especially in Berlin-Mitte.

Brandenburg back to 2008 levels of guest accommodation

The accommodation provider from Brandenburg with 10.1 million accommodations reported almost a third less than in 2019 and was therefore at the level of 2008.

The number of guests decreased by 37.7% compared to 2019 to 3.3 million in 2021. So far, 1.8 million visitors with around 6.3 million overnight stays have visited accommodations in Brandenburg. This means that there was 12.6 percent less sleep than at the same time the year before. The number of overnight stays also fell by 36.8%.

In the summer months of July and August 2020 and 2021, accommodation establishments in Brandenburg recorded a similar number of overnight stays as in 2019 (-2.0% and +1.8%).

Since the start of the survey in 1992, more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, 466,500 people (+4.2%) have visited campsites in Brandenburg. Compared to 2019, approximately 1.5 million overnight stays were recorded, which corresponds to an increase of 10.0%.

Camping tourism accounted for 14.3% of guest arrivals in 2021 and 15.1% of overnight stays in the country’s total tourism.

These two proportions are marked as the highest values ​​since the start of the survey. In addition, the average occupancy rate of parking spaces increased from 13.5% in 2019 to 17.8% in 2020 and 18.8% in January-August 2021.

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