Tourism statistics - nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments
- Data extracted in March 2018. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Planned article update: June 2018
- Please also see the Eurostat News Release 24 January 2018.
This article focuses on the short-term evolutions in the nights spent in tourist accommodation in the European Union (EU). The data from the most recent reference month available (December 2017) are compared with the same month of the previous year.
Furthermore, the article includes estimates for the annual comparison of the entire year 2017 with 2016.
- 1 Main statistical findings
- 2 Data sources and availability
- 3 Context
- 4 See also
- 5 Further Eurostat information
- 6 External links
- 7 Notes
Main statistical findings
Nights spent in December 2017, up in nearly all Member States
In December 2017 compared with December 2016, 8.6 million more nights (+7.2 %) were spent in tourist accommodation in the European Union (see Figure 1 and Table 1). This increase, which was observed in 25 out of 26 EU Member States for which data are available, was due to both non-residents (inbound tourists) who spent 3.0 million more nights (+5.8 %) and residents (domestic tourists travelling inside their own country of residence) who spent 5.9 million more nights (+8.2 %).
The biggest increase was recorded in Portugal (+12.7 %) followed by Latvia and the Netherlands (both with +12.0 %), while the only fall was registered in Luxembourg (-2.9 %).
In the segment of hotels, the number of nights spent in December 2017 increased by 6.3 % compared with December 2016 . Lithuania, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia and Portugal were the Member States which recorded the biggest increase (all above 10.0 %), while Luxembourg recorded a drop of -3.4 %.
First results for 2017
Nights spent at tourist accommodation across the EU grew by 5.1 % in 2017
Looking at the twelve-month period from January to December 2017, an increase of 5.1 % was recorded in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, compared with the same period one year earlier, while hotels recorded a growth of 4.7 % (see Table 2).
This growth was mainly due to the number of nights spent in April (Easter holidays) and June 2017 which increased by +24.3 % and +12.1 % respectively compared with the same months of 2016 (see Figure 2).
Estimates for all three types of tourist accommodation establishments show rises for 2017; the number of nights spent at hotels, at rented holiday accommodation and at campsites increased by 4.7 %, 5.3 % and 7.0 % respectively (see Table 3).
The increase at EU level reflected national evolutions; in all but one of the 26 Member States where data is available the number of nights spent at tourist accommodation increased in 2017. Latvia, Slovenia and Croatia recorded the highest growth (+12.1 %, +11.3 % and +10.6 % respectively), while Luxembourg registered a slight drop of -0.8 % (see Figure 3).
Increase in total nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments due to both residents and non-residents
In 2017 the EU tourist accommodation sector continued its recovery that started in 2010 following the two years of decline, in 2008 and 2009 (see Figure 4).
The nights spent by both non-residents and residents grew faster in 2017 (+6.3 % and +4.5 % respectively) than in 2016 (+5.1 % and 3.0 %).
The growth of non-resident nights at EU level was reflected in all EU Member States for which data is available, except Luxembourg (-0.5 %) (see Figure 5).
Despite the positive growth at EU level for nights spent by residents, six Member States reported drops. This was the case for Greece, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Sweden and Belgium while Malta (+13.6 %) and Latvia (+12.6 %) reported the highest growth rates (see Figure 6).
Data sources and availability
This article presents the short-term trends in nights spent in tourist accommodation in the European Union (EU), analysing monthly data provided by Member States.
For the year-to-year evolution of the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation and a detailed analysis of 2016 annual data, see Tourism statistics - annual results for the accommodation sector.
The EU is a major tourist destination, with five Member States among the world’s top ten destinations for holidaymakers, according to UNWTO data. Tourism is an important activity in the EU which contributes to employment and economic growth, as well as to the development of rural, peripheral or less-developed areas. These characteristics drive the demand for reliable and harmonised statistics on this activity, as well as within the wider context of regional policy and sustainable development policy areas.
- Tourism entry page in Statistics Explained
- All articles on tourism statistics
- Tourism statistics - annual results for the accommodation sector
Further Eurostat information
- Recent Eurostat publications on tourism
- News Release 16/2017 Number of nights spent in the EU up in 2017… with substantial increase in Latvia, Slovenia and Croatia
Methodology / Metadata
- Capacity and occupancy of tourist accommodation establishments (ESMS metadata file — tour_occ_esms)
Source data for tables and figures on this page (MS Excel)
- With 2012 as reference year:
- Regulation (EU) No 692/2011 of 6 July 2011 concerning European statistics on tourism and repealing Council Directive 95/57/EC.
- Regulation (EU) No 1051/2011 of 20 October 2011 implementing Regulation (EU) No 692/2011 concerning European statistics on tourism, as regards the structure of the quality reports and the transmission of the data.
- Previous legal acts (concerning reference periods before 2012):
- Commission Decision 1999/35/EC of 9 December 1998 on the procedures for implementing Council Directive 95/57/EC on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.
- Commission Decision 2004/883/EC of 10 December 2004 adjusting the Annex to Council Directive 95/57/EC on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism as regards country lists.
- Directive 95/57/EC of 23 November 1995 on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.
- Directive 2006/110/EC of 20 November 2006 adapting Directives 95/57/EC and 2001/109/EC in the field of statistics, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania.
- Agenda for a sustainable and competitive European tourism (Communication from the European Commission, October 2007)
- European Commission - Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - Tourism