The statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat) published a report from which it's clear that Croatia, Slovenia and Latvia had the biggest increase when it comes to the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation last year.
-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 – reports Eurostat.
Last year was great for Spain that stayed in the tourism lead with 471 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2016. Following countries are France, Italy and Germany.
The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation in 2017 grew in nearly all countries that are members of European Union and 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) – Eurostat reports.
Just a reminder, in the lastest report of the Croatian Tourist Board, it was claimed that 2017 will be remembered as a historical year for Croatian tourism and when it comes to overnight stays, as top destinations were listed Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag.