Foreign tourists had 19 pct of overnight stays in Romania’s tourist accommodation units in 2018

Anca Alexe 24/01/2019 | 08:08

In 2018, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union is expected to have reached more than 3.1 billion, up 2.2 percent compared to 2017, according to Eurostat.

Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent by tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, notably driven by the rise in the nights spent by non-residents of the visited country.

Romania had one of the largest increases in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation overall in 2018, up 5.5 percent over 2017. The largest increases in the EU were recorded in Latvia (8.3 percent), Lithuania (7.7 percent) and Malta (6.5 percent).

However, Romania was the EU country with the smallest share of nights spent in tourist accommodation units by non-residents, with just 19 percent, followed by Poland (20 percent), Germany (21 percent) and Sweden (26 percent).

In contrast, the largest shares of nights spent by non-residents were registered in Malta (96 percent), Cyprus (95 percent) and Croatia (93 percent).

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