Eurostat First Report on Short Term Rental

Eurostat First Report on Short Term Rental



The European Union Statistics Office (Eurostats) have published the long anticipated data on Short-term rental accommodation in 2020. The ISCF attended the EHHA conference in Malaga at the end of October and top of the agenda was the EU Review of Self-catering which they call Short Term Rental. The EU is actively developing a Short-Term Rentals registration system and many of you will have completed and submitted a survey document on Short Term Rental ahead of the 13/12/21 deadline.

Commissioner Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted the tourism industry, a key sector of the EU’s economy. Like other European industries, the future of tourism will hinge on our collective ability to transition to a greener, more digital and resilient future. By 2030, Europe should be a top quality destination known globally for its sustainable offer, and attracting responsible and environmentally conscious travelers.”

The EHHA (European Holiday Homes Association)  and the ISCF will be taking part as the only Irish Representative body at the EU table on this EU wide Register  Short Term Rental on  developments. The ISCF  are also taking to Government Departments and Failte Ireland about the Irish National Register. If you are a member of the ISCF, your details are already in the National information. The  European Parliament will be busy with the legislation plan in the first Quarter of 2022.

What is the Collaborative Economy

The collaborative economy refers to the large Online portals (Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor) after they agreed to exchange data with the European Commission (Eurostat). These large sellers of owners rentals accommodation have had a significant impact on the tourist accommodation market in the past decade.

It does not refer to smaller regional suppliers who specialise in an area  or specialist offering. In the Irish market it does not give a full picture as a result.  This data focuses on national, regional and city level data on guest nights spent in 2019. The most recent data, covering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the short-stay accommodation sector. The Irish regional agents are not referenced in these statistics and the Irish regional website for all self-catering  was launched in November 2021 it is not included in this article.

Guest Bookings in 2020

In 2020, guests spent around 272 million nights in short-term rental accommodation in the EU booked via Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group or Tripadvisor, representing a decrease of around 47% compared with 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic. While guest nights slightly increased in January and February 2020, compared to 2019, the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020 brought touristic travel close to zero in April and May (-93.2% in April and -85.6% in May, compared to April and May 2019).

After many countries eased travelling restrictions in the summer of 2020, the number of nights spent recovered, whilst still being much lower than in 2019 (-38.3% in July and -25.8% in August). However, the arrival of the second wave of the pandemic in autumn/winter 2020 led to another severe impact on booking numbers towards the end of the year (-71.8% in November 2020).
First Data on Collaborative Economy Platforms

The short-term accommodation market was hit unevenly across Europe in 2020, with countries such as Spain (-58.1%) and Italy (-60.2%) affected more severely than France (-25.0%) or Germany (-20.6%). Eight countries (Czechia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Slovenia and Iceland) registered falls of more than 60%.

Regional data shows that traditional summer destinations around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as big cities, were hit much harder than the European average. Major urban tourism destinations such as Rome (-78.0%), Barcelona (-75.6%) or Prague (-73.5%), lost around three-quarters of guest nights in 2020, on these platforms

The breakdown of guest nights by the origin of the guests shows that domestic tourism only fell moderately (-6.7%), while international tourism shrunk by more than two thirds. Countries such as Spain, Italy or Croatia, which in past years had very high shares of international guests (67.7%, 74.1% and 95.4% respectively), were affected much more severely than for example France or Germany, where the shares of international guests were much lower (42.7% and 36.9%). In these countries, some regions actually experienced an increase in the number of guest nights.

In Ireland the number of International guests were minimal in 2020, due to lack of access to Ireland. In Denmark the borders were completely closed to German and other EU guests for most of the summer of 2020. The domestic consumers were the the main market for Irish Self-Catering owners, and many bookings were direct and last minute. This was partially due to the late cancellation of overseas bookings, which put a lot of strain on the Self-Catering owners and agents.     Short Stay accom broke vial Collaborative Economy- F


Conclusions of The ISCF on

Commission publishes first Statistics on Short Stay booking accommodation via Platforms  on …12/2021. The Commission stated that it aims at publishing further data on short-term accommodation rentals provided by these platforms for 2020. They will offer useful inputs for policy makers and will feed into the process of co-creating a transition pathway for a more sustainable, innovative and resilient tourism ecosystem.

The ISCF believes that the Self-Catering market is changing in a major way due to Covid.

*   Due to Covid 2020 was not a normal booking year, with almost all domestic guests at Self-Catering holiday houses.

*   The Collaborative Economy report on Short Term rental does not reflect the multitude of Irish Agents, regional and  direct booking sites.

*   Domestic Consumers are booking more often directly with the property owners, which gives re-assurance to owners and clear details on all people staying in a house.

*    Booking directly with owners is normally cheeper as the portals charge from 10- 25% on top of the basic rate, charged by the property owners.

*   Discounts for direct bookings and last minute bookings have become a major part of the self-catering market since 2020, and we have to see if this will continue. The lead time for bookings has also got much shorter as the Covid variants are unpredictable.

*   Direct booking with owners can be difficult to do, as the portals do not allow direct contact with the owners.  but if you choose a region, go past the advertised sites you will get directly to the Irish providers. The is the new national site, replacing an older site which did not allow for direct bookings with the owners. No commission is charged to consumers on this site, and it benefits owners as it charges an annual membership of the National Federation only, rather than a per booking charge.

*   This site allows owners to post their Terms and Conditions of booking for their property, which most portals do not allow.