Tourism — Overview
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
Our visualisation tool shows you at a glance where people from your country travelled to and who visited your country.
With our interactive maps, you can visualise a range of our tourism statistics in an easy way.
You are not a ‘data-type’ person, but want to know more about tourism statistics? Then our articles in ‘Statistics Explained’ are for you!
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Looking for other sources of information on tourism, such as business or transport data? Then have a look at our page listing tourism-related statistics.
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