Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, notably driven by a rise in nights spent by non-residents of the country visited.
In 2019, Spain (469 million nights, +0,5 percents compared with 2018) retained its lead, ahead of France (446 million,
+0,8 percent), Germany (436 million, +4 percent), Italy (433 million, +0,9 percent) and the UUK (375 million, +5,7 percent).
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 2019 grew in nearly all member states, with the largest increases being observed in Slovakia (+12,6 percent) and Lithuania (+10,0 percent), followed by the Netherlands (+6,8 percent), the UK (+5,7 percent) and Romania (+5,6 percent).
In contrast, the only decreases were registered in Greece (-3 percent) and Malta (-2,7 percent).
In the EU, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation by residents grew at the same pace (+2,4 percent) between 2018 and 2019 as those spent by non-residents (+2,4 percent).
Almost every EU member state recorded an increase in the number of tourism nights spent by residents, with the highest increases recorded in Slovakia (+15,1 percent), Cyprus (+13 percent), Croatia (+10,0 percent), Lithuania (+9,9 percent) and Malta (+9,2 percent).