In 2017, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) is
expected to have reached more than 3.2 billion, up by 5.1% compared with 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 country visited.
In 2017, Spain (471 million nights, +3.6% compared with 2016) retained its lead, ahead of France (431 mn,
+6.6%), Italy (425 mn, +5.4%) and Germany (400 mn, +2.7%).
These early estimates, which include nights spent whether for business or leisure, come from an article issued by
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation in 2017 grew in nearly all Member States for which data are
available, with the largest increases being observed in Latvia (+12.0%), Slovenia (+11.3%) and Croatia (+10.6),
followed by Portugal (+8.0%), the Czech Republic (+7.7%) and Cyprus (+7.3%). In contrast, the only slight fall
was registered in Luxembourg (-1.0%, equivalent to 28 thousand nights).