Tourism recorded positive growth rates in overnight accommodation in most EU countries during the winter season 2012-2013
A Eurostat analysis of the winter 2012-2013 tourism trends shows that 15 out of 22 Member States where data is available, nights spent at hotels and similar accommodation establishments recorded positive growth rates during the winter season 2012-13 compared with the same period of the previous year.
The highest increases were observed in Slovakia (+9.6 %) and Malta (+9.0 %).
The total EU-28 figures dropped by 0.4 % during the same period, which can be explained by the decline reported by five Mediterranean countries (Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Greece) but also Finland and France as 45 % of all the nights spent at hotels and similar accommodation establishments of the EU are spent in these seven Member States.
Nights spent by residents and non-residents
The most popular destinations for tourists travelling outside their own country during the winter season 2012-2013 were Spain, Italy and Austria. The flows to these three countries accounted for nearly half of all nights spent by non-residents in the EU-28.
With the exception of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Finland and Slovenia the number of nights spent by non residents (tourists travelling outside their own country) increased in the EU Member States in the winter season 2012-2013 compared with the same period of the previous year.
At EU-28 level the number of nights spent by non residents in hotels and similar accommodation increased by 1.9 %. Nights spent by residents (people travelling inside their own country) dropped by -2.1 % during the same period. 56.2 % in of hotel nights count for domestic tourism in the EU.