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.
- 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
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.
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 17/2017 Number of tourism nights spent in the EU slightly up in 2016…despite substantial falls in France and the United Kingdom
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