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Virtual Tourism Observatory

The European Commission's Virtual Tourism Observatory (VTO) aims to support policy makers and businesses develop better strategies for a more competitive European tourism sector.
The Virtual Tourism Observatory provides access to a broad collection of information, data and analysis on current trends in the tourism sector. It includes the latest available figures on the sector's trends and volumes, economic and environmental impact, and the origin and profile of tourists.

Tourism demand

Change in arrivals at tourist accommodation establishments in %geo (p.y. %)


Changes in the number of persons employed in accommodation and food services in the EU28 (p.y. %)

Occupancy of rooms

Net occupancy rate of rooms in hotels and similar accommodation by month.


Distribution of nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments (Gini index)

The Gini index measures the extent to which the distribution of nights deviates from a perfectly equal distribution (degree of seasonality). A Gini index of 0 represents perfect equality (no seasonality), while an index of 100 implies perfect inequality (high seasonality).

Main overseas markets

Arrivals and expenditure of tourists from non-EU countries to the EU28 (number and change from previous year).
Hotels and similar accommodation.

Tourist nights by region

Nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments by region (%year).