Tourism statistics - nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments
From Statistics Explained
- Data from October 2013. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.
This article focuses on the short-term evolutions in the nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU). The data for the most recent reference month available are compared with the same month of the previous year, in addition - and to smoothen fluctuations - data from January to the most recent available month of the current year are compared with the same period one year earlier.
With the adoption of Regulation 692/2011 concerning European statistics on tourism, timeliness of accommodation statistics has significantly improved. As of 2012, monthly data are transmitted to Eurostat within eight weeks after the reference month. This article is the first publication of June 2013 data.
Main statistical findings
In June 2013, compared with June 2012, 5.9 million more nights (+2.2 %) were spent at tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (see Figure 1 and Table 1). This increase was exclusively due to non-residents (tourists travelling outside their country of residence) (+10.3 million nights, +8.5 %), while the number of nights spent by residents decreased by 4.4 million nights (-3.1 %).
This positive growth was reflected in the national figures of two out of three Member States where data is available.
In the segment of hotels and similar accommodation establishments an increase by 8.9 million nights (+5.3 %) was observed in June 2013, compared with June 2012.
Looking at the six months' period from January to June 2013 an increase of 1.1 % was recorded in the number of nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments, compared with the same period one year earlier, while the segment of hotels and similar establishments recorded a growth of 1.5 % (see Figure 2 and Table 2).
Data sources and availability
":" data unavailable or unreliable.
The EU is a major tourist destination, with five Member States among the world’s top ten destinations for holidaymakers, according to UNWTO data. Tourism is an important activity in the EU which has the potential to contribute towards employment and economic growth, as well as to development in rural, peripheral or less-developed areas. These characteristics drive the demand for reliable and harmonised statistics within this field, as well as within the wider context of regional policy and sustainable development policy areas.
Further Eurostat information
Methodology / Metadata
- Occupancy in collective accommodation establishments: domestic and inbound tourism (ESMS metadata file - tour_occ_esms)
Source data for tables and figures on this page (MS Excel)
- With 2012 as reference year:
- Regulation 692/2011 of 6 July 2011 concerning European statistics on tourism and repealing Council Directive 95/57/EC.
- Regulation 1051/2011 of 20 October 2011 implementing Regulation 692/2011 concerning European statistics on tourism, as regards the structure of the quality reports and the transmission of the data.
- Previous legal acts (concerning reference periods before 2012):
- Directive 95/57/EC of 23 November 1995 on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.
- Commission Decision 1999/35/CE of 9 December 1998 on the procedures for implementing Council Directive 95/57/EC on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.
- Commission Decision 2004/883/CE of 10 December 2004 adjusting the Annex to Council Directive 95/57/EC on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism as regards country lists.
- Directive 2006/110/EC of 20 November 2006 adapting Directives 95/57/EC and 2001/109/EC in the field of statistics, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania.
- Agenda for a sustainable and competitive European tourism (Communication from the European Commission, October 2007)
- European Commission - Enterprise and Industry - Supporting European tourism