Tourism statistics - nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments

Data extracted in September 2017. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Planned article update: 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 (June 2017) are compared with the same month of the previous year. In addition, data for a six-month period of the current year (January to June 2017) are compared with the same period of the previous year.

Figure 1: Percentage change in number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, June 2017 compared with June 2016 (%) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)
Table 1: Nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, June 2017 and June 2016 (thousand nights) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)
Table 2: Nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, January to June 2017 and January to June 2016 (thousand nights) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)
Figure 2: Evolution of the number of nights spent in EU-28 tourist accommodation establishments, January to June 2017 and January to June 2016 (million nights) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)

Main statistical findings

June and first semester 2017

In June 2017 compared with June 2016, 27.2 million more nights (+9.4 %) were spent in tourist accommodation in the European Union (see Figure 1 and Table 1). This increase, which was observed in 23 out of 26 EU Member States for which data are available, was due to both non-residents (inbound tourists) who spent 15.3 million more nights (+10.8 %) and residents (domestic tourists travelling inside their own country of residence) who spent 4.3 million more nights (+14.6 %).

The biggest increase was recorded in Croatia (+34.4 %) followed by Slovenia (+22.7 %) and the Netherlands (+21.6 %), while three Member States recorded drops in June 2017 compared with June 2016: the United Kingdom (-6.7 %), Sweden (-1.3 %) and Luxembourg (-0.2. %).

In the segment of hotels, the number of nights spent in June 2017 increased by 6.9 % compared with June 2016 . Croatia and the Netherlands were the Member States which recorded the biggest increase (+16.9 % and +15.2 % respectively), while the United Kingdom and Luxembourg recorded drops.

Looking at the six-month period from January to June 2017, an increase of 7.0 % was recorded in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, compared with the same period one year earlier (see Table 2). This was mainly due to the number of nights spent in April (Easter holidays) and June 2017 which increased by +24.8 % and +9.4 % respectively compared with the same months of 2016 (see Figure 2).

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.

Context

The EU is a major tourist destination, with five Member States among the world’s top ten destinations for holidaymakers, according to UNWTO[1] 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.

See also

Further Eurostat information

Publications

Main tables

Database

Dedicated section

Methodology / Metadata

Source data for tables and figures on this page (MS Excel)

Other information

  • 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.

External links

Notes

  1. UNWTO Tourism Highlights