Accommodation in Denmark - statistics & facts

With its historical cities as well as coastal and nature surroundings, Denmark is a popular destination for many different tourists. Ever more people visit the Nordic country, and in 2019 Denmark registered the highest number of overnight stays in its history, continuing the annual increase in the number of overnight stays since 2012. Most overnight stays were made by international tourists, reaching 28.9 million in 2019, while 27.2 million nights were spent by domestic tourists.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the following lockdown of Denmark in March 2020, the tourism industry is currently licking its wounds. Despite promising prospects for 2020, most accommodation enterprises suffered from revenue losses and a lack of tourists in the wake of the global crisis. However, the gradual reopening of the country has once again sparked an increase in the number of overnight stays as both domestic and international tourists are now welcomed back in the Scandinavian country.

The many different opportunities for tourists in Denmark give way to a wide range of accommodation types. As of 2019, renting a holiday house was the most popular form of accommodation, and 37 percent of all tourists booked a holiday house that year. Most holiday houses in Denmark are located in the countryside near the sea, and coastal- and nature tourism is by far the most common type of tourism when traveling in Denmark.

While holiday houses are especially popular in the Region of Southern Denmark and the Central Denmark Region, most visitors in the Capital Region of Denmark stay in hotels. After holiday houses, hotels are the second most popular accommodation type in Denmark, and over 8.8 billion Danish kroner was generated by hotels in and around Copenhagen in 2019, which was more than all other regions combined. Considering hotels and similar types of accommodation in the entire country, over 18 billion kroner was generated in 2018.

Aside from holiday houses and hotels, staying in accommodation such as camping, hostels, holiday resorts and marinas is also possible when visiting Denmark. In recent years, the online marketplace Airbnb has grown popular, especially with foreign tourists. More than one million visitors stayed in Airbnb accommodation in Denmark in 2019, of which most spent the night in the capital city.

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