Tourism — Overview


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What information can I find here?

Tourism, in a statistical context, refers to the activity of visitors taking a trip to a destination outside their usual environment, for less than a year. It can be for any main purpose, including business or leisure.

Eurostat statistics on tourism statistics consist of two main components relating to:

  • Capacity and occupancy of tourist establishments
    Capacity data refer notably to the number of establishments and the number of bed places, while occupancy data refer to the number of arrivals at accommodation establishments and the number of nights spent.
  • Tourism trips
    This data refers to the number of tourists and tourism trips made. They are available broken down by main characteristics of the trip, such as destination, duration, mode of transport used, or expenditure, as well as by socio-demographic characteristics of the tourists, such as age and gender.

Why are tourism statistics important?

Tourism is an important economic activity in the European Union because it contributes to:

  • Employment and economic growth
  • Development and socioeconomic integration in rural, peripheral or underdeveloped areas


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