TOURISM: RECORD LEVEL OF NIGHTS SPENT IN EU IN 2013

In 2013, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU28 reached a peak of 2.6 billion nights, up by 1.6% compared with 2012.

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Following a decrease due to the effect of 11 September 2001, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU28 since 2003, only interrupted in 2008 and 2009, coinciding with the beginning of the financial crisis. Each year since 2010 has seen new record levels.

These estimates, which include nights spent whether for business or leisure, come from a publication from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Among the Member States for which data are available, the highest number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in 2013 were recorded in France (405 million nights, +1.1% compared with 2012), Spain (387 mn, +1.0%), Italy (363 mn, -4.6%), Germany (355 mn, +1.3%) and the United Kingdom (320 mn, +6.5%). These five Member States accounted for 70% of the total number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU28.

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