According to data from the European Commission and the Airbnb database, Warmia and Mazury experienced one of the lowest drops in the number of reviews in Europe (not exceeding 10 percent) in the number of reviews compared to forecasts. Only three other regions across Europe achieved similar results last year – the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Baltic Sea and two regions of the Netherlands – Friesland and Drenthe.
In Western Pomerania and Podkarpacie the declines ranged from 10-30 percent. The worst, however, was in Warsaw and its vicinity, as well as in Upper Silesia and Małopolska, where the number of issued reviews was at least half lower than expected for this year.
Poland has never belonged to tourist destinations, thanks to which we maintain stability as such when this segment of the economy collapses (to put it mildly – in fact, we have the smallest share of tourism in GDP in the whole of Europe and it has a huge impact on the fact that the economy did well with Covid-19).
Unsurprisingly, an analysis of Airbnb's data shows that southern Europe's tourism has suffered the most from the pandemic. Across Croatia, the number of reviews on the site was lower by more than 70 percent compared to expectations. On the other hand, incomplete Eurostat data shows that in the whole of Croatia, the number of nights spent by tourists last year fell at best by just over 55 percent. The decline in the number of reviews compared to forecasts at least on a scale of 50-70 percent was also recorded in most regions of Slovenia, Greece, Italy, Spain, but also Ireland, Latvia, and Estonia. The results recorded in Portugal, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, and Romania are only slightly better.
Interestingly, France achieved relatively the best results on a continental scale, wherein the vast majority of regions the difference in the number of reviews did not exceed 30 percent compared to expected. The same was the case with Denmark.