Winter tourism on the rise in the EU


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Compared with the 2017-2018 winter season, 18.9 million more nights (+2.6%) were spent in hotels and similar establishments in the European Union (EU) during the 2018-2019 winter season.

Winter tourism increased in 25 of the 27 EU Member States with available data. The highest increase was recorded in Romania (+8.6%), followed by Croatia (+7.4%) and Poland (+7.3%). Only two EU Member States reported a decrease: Greece (-8.3%) and Malta (-3.5%).


Change in number of nights during winter season 2016/2017 and 2017/2018

The source dataset is accessible here.


The most popular EU destinations for tourists from all over the world travelling outside their own country of residence during the 2018-2019 winter season were Spain (which accounted for 20% of all nights spent by non-residents in EU hotels and similar establishments), Italy and the United Kingdom (each 12%), Austria (10%), Germany and France (each 9%). Winter tourism to these six countries accounted for almost three quarters (72%) of all nights spent by non-residents in EU hotels and similar establishments.


For more information on winter tourism trends, read the Eurostat Statistics Explained article on this topic. 


Note: The winter season runs from November to April the following year. For example, the 2018-2019 winter season ran from November 2018 to April 2019.


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