Tourism statistics - nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments

Data extracted in October 2018.

Planned article update: January 2019.

Highlights

In June 2018 compared with June 2017, tourists travelling inside their own country spent 2.5% fewer nights at EU tourist accommodation.

Nights spent at tourist accommodation across the EU grew by 2.1 % in the firs semester of 2018.

Annual estimates - Number of nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments, EU-28, 2000-2017 (index 2000=100)

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 2018) are compared with the same month of the previous year. In addition, data from the first six months of 2018 (January to June) are compared with the same period of the previous year.


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Nights spent in June 2018, drops in many EU countries

In June 2018 compared with June 2017, 4.8 million fewer nights (-1.5 %) were spent in tourist accommodation in the European Union (see Figure 1 and Table 1). This decrease, which was observed in 14 out of 27 EU Member States for which data are available, was more due to residents (domestic tourists travelling inside their own country of residence) who spent 4.1 million fewer nights (-2.5 %), than to non-residents (inbound tourists) who spent 700 000 fewer nights (-0.5 %).

Figure 1: Percentage change in number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, June 2018 compared with June 2017 (%) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)


Table 1: Nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, June 2017 and June 2018 (thousand nights) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)

Portugal reported the biggest drop (-13.1 %) followed by the United Kingdom (-5.3 %), while the biggest increases were recorded in Malta, Latvia and Lithuania (+7.9 %, +6.7 % and +6.1 % respectively).

In the segment of hotels, the number of nights spent in June 2018 increased by 0.2 % compared with June 2017. Malta and Latvia reported the highest increases followed by Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands which all recorded increases above 5.0 %.

January to June 2018, increase in the number of nights spent in EU tourist accommodation

Looking at the six-month period from January to June 2018, an increase of 2.1 % was recorded in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, compared with the same period one year earlier (see Table 2). Increases were recorded in January (+8.0 %), February (+5.8 %), March (+6.0 %) and May (+8.0 %) 2018 compared with the same months of 2017 (see Figure 2). The drop of -8.1 % recorded in April was partly due to the Easter holidays which for many countries started end March in 2018 while in 2017 these holidays were in April.

Table 2: Nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments, January to June 2017 and January to June 2018 (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 2018 (million nights) - Source: Eurostat (tour_occ_nim)

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Data sources

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 2017 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.

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