Number of tourism nights spent in EU slightly up in 2016
Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, notably driven by the rise in the nights spent by non-residents of the Member State.
In 2016, Spain (454 million nights, +7.8% compared with 2015) accentuated its lead, ahead of France (395 mn, -4.6%) and Italy (395 mn, +0.5%), Germany (390 mn, +2.8%) and the United Kingdom (292 mn, -4.5%).
The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in 2016 grew in nearly all Member States for which data are available, with the largest increases being observed in Bulgaria (+17.9%) and Slovakia (+16.0%), followed by Poland (+11.8%) and Cyprus (+10.9%).
In contrast, the only significant falls were registered in France (-4.6%, equivalent to 19 mn nights) and the United Kingdom (-4.5%, or nearly 14 mn nights).
In the EU, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments by non-residents grew faster (+3.6%) between 2015 and 2016 than those spent by residents (+0.6%).
Almost every EU Member State recorded an increase in the number of tourism nights spent by non-residents. A notable exception is France, where this number decreased by 8.7% (or almost 12 mn nights).
In absolute figures, Spain (294 million nights, or 22% of the total of nights spent by non-residents in the EU), Italy (196 mn, or 15%), France (122 mn, or 9%) and the United Kingdom (120 mn, or 9%) recorded the highest number of nights spent by non-residents in their tourism accommodation establishments. ■