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Eurostat: Online booking platforms grew in Q3 2023

Europe: During the third quarter of 2023, guests spent 309.4 million nights in short-term rental accommodation in the European Union [EU], booked via Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group or TripAdvisor, according to the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.

The figures corresponded to an increase of 13.4 per cent compared with the same period in 2022.

As such, platform tourism continued to exceed pre-pandemic levels and set new monthly record values: in July, 115.7 million nights were spent in accommodation booked via online platforms, showing an increase of 10.7 per cent compared with July 2022. Meanwhile, in August, the number increased to 124.7 million nights [+11.7 per cent compared to August 2022] and in September, that number was 69.1 million [+21.6 per cent compared with September 2022].

In the first nine months of 2023, guests spent more than 546.2 million nights in EU short-term rental accommodation booked via online platforms. That was a significant growth compared with the same period in 2022 [488.6 million nights; +11.8 per cent]; with nights spent far exceeding pre-pandemic levels [423.7 million nights in the first nine months of 2019; +28.9 per cent].

The top destinations visited in the second quarter of 2023 in the EU were in Spain, Croatia and France.

The most popular regions for short-term rental accommodation booked via online platforms in the second quarter of 2023 were Andalusia in Spain [7.1 million nights], Jadranska Hrvatska in Croatia [6.5 million] and the French region Île de France [5.8 million].

In the top 20 regions, seven are in Spain, five each are in France and Italy, two regions are in Portugal, and one is in Croatia.

The information comes from monthly data on short-stay accommodation offered via online platforms for the third quarter of 2023 at the national level, published by Eurostat.

The data on short stay accommodation offered via Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group and TripAdvisor is the result of a landmark data-sharing partnership between the European Commission and the four private collaborative economy platforms that was agreed in March 2020. Eurostat released its first key data on the European short-term rental sector in July 2021.

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