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Highest growth in total tourism nights in Europe

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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%).

Highest growth in total tourism nights in Latvia, Slovenia and Croatia 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). Spain, top destination abroad In the EU, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation by non-residents grew faster (+6.9%) between 2016 and 2017 than those spent by residents (+3.5%). Almost every EU Member State recorded an increase in the number of tourism nights spent by non-residents, with the exception being Luxembourg (-0.6%, equivalent to 15 thousand nights). In absolute figures, Spain (307 mn nights, or 19% of the total of nights spent by non-residents in the EU) recorded the highest number of nights spent by non-residents in tourist accommodation establishments

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