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The global tourism industry is one of the hardest hit industries with regards to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data presented by, at the height of the lockdowns in Europe, France experienced a 99% decrease in reservations on popular accommodations sites; Airbnb, Expedia and compared to 2019.

France Records 99% Less Bookings Compared To Same Period In 2019 Due To Lockdowns

As countries shut their borders to protect its citizens front he pandemic global tourism virtually stopped. This was very apparent in Europe’s leading tourist destinations which were also one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. In week 15(March) of this year, when the pandemic began to take hold of the globe, Spain experienced a 97% decrease in bookings compared to 2019 numbers on popular sites such as Airbnb, Expedia and France meanwhile experienced a 99% decrease in the same time period.

Slight Rebound During The Summer But Still Below 2019 Levels

Even the traditionally high Summer period was not spared from the wrath of the virus. While the numbers did bounce back from the early days of the pandemic, numbers were still below 2019 levels as the world adjusted to a “new normal.” During the height of the summer period for most European tourist hotspots, Spain recorded only a 16% decrease in week 26 while France recorded only a 13% decrease in week 27.

In the UK and Italy, where the situation had not improved to the same level as France and Spain, the summer period fell well below of 2019’s numbers. Even at the Uk’s lowest percentage of decrease during their summer period, week 31 recorded a staggering 51% decrease compared to 2019 numbers. Italy recorded its lowest percentage decrease in week 30 at 44%.

Rex Pascual
Rex Pascual

Rex is an online writer and researcher informed by a global perspective that allows him to uniquely analyse numbers and convey them in a relatable way. He specialises in the area of Sports, Esports and the CBD industry as well as having an eye for the latest financial and technological trends. Well versed in SEO and other aspects of digital marketing, he uses his skills to good use on freelancing platforms while being based in the Netherlands.

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