Paris remains the number one city destination in Europe for international arrivals and overnight stays

Paris was ranked the second most visited European city in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, and also in 2020 after the world was dealing with rising cases, lockdowns and travel restrictions.

Retreating from London as the city’s top destination with 19.5 million international tourists, Paris, which received a total of 19.08 million tourists, ranks as the city’s leading tourist center for European Union member states, according to data from Statista.

According to the same source, Paris remains the top destination in terms of the number of overnight stays, with a total of 52.4 million of them registered in 2019. The same trend followed in 2020, despite travel restrictions, with 14.1 million overnights recorded. in the French capital. That number fell by 73 percent in 2020, indicating the impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

However, London took first place on this list, provided that tourists spent a total of 85.1 million overnights in 2019. This number decreased by 75.6 per cent, to only 20.7 million.

Other destinations to follow with the highest rates of international arrivals were Istanbul (14.7 million) and Antalya (13.3 million) while Rome (10.3 million), Prague (9.1 million), Amsterdam (8.8 million) and Barcelona (seven million), were the top destinations of the member states. .

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According to overnight stays spent in the European Union, Berlin ranked third with a total of 12.2 million of those recorded in 2020, while this number decreased by 64 percent compared to the previous year, when tourists spent 34.1 million overnights in the German capital.

However, while Istanbul ranked third for most international arrivals in 2019, it ranked fourth overnight, with 9.8 million of those achieved in the previous year, a decrease of 11.6 million compared to pre-pandemic levels.

As data from Statista shows, while coastal locations had more international arrivals, city destinations had more nights spent. For example, Munich recorded a total of seven million overnight stays in 2020, with accommodation rates halved by 18.2 million compared to the previous year.

Another destination with the highest rates of recorded overnight stays is Stockholm, which reached 6.9 million from 15.3 million registered in 2019, followed by Hamburg with 15.4 million overnight stays in 2019 and 6.8 million in 2020.

Famous locations such as Rome, Amsterdam and Madrid recorded a total of 10.3 million, 8.8 million and 5.5 million international tourists respectively, while the number of overnight stays fluctuates.

Tourists in Rome spent a total of 5.3 million overnight stays in 2020, up from 29 million recorded in 2019, while Amsterdam saw a slight increase in overnight stays in 2020 – 5.5 million, down from 18.3 million in 2019. According to Madrid, More than five million overnights were spent in the Spanish capital, while pre-pandemic levels were 20.6 million, 76 per cent lower than in 2019.

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