Winter tourism is on the rise throughout the European Union (EU), as show the latest figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.
During the 2018-2019 winter season, 18.9 million more nights than in the 2017-2018 season were spent in hotels and similar accommodation establishments of the EU. This is 2.6% more.
Winter tourism increased in 25 of the 27 EU Member States with available data.
The highest increase was recorded in Romania (+8.6%), followed by Croatia (+7.4%) and Poland (+7.3%). In Finland, winter tourism also increased, although not so steeply.
Only two EU Member States reported a decrease: Greece (-8.3%) and Malta (-3.5%).
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Spain, the most popular destination
The most popular EU destinations for tourists from all over the world travelling outside their own country of residence during the 2018-2019 winter season were Spain (which accounted for 20% of all nights spent by non-residents in EU hotels and similar establishments), Italy and the United Kingdom (each 12%), Austria (10%), Germany and France (each 9%).
Winter tourism to these six countries accounted for almost three quarters (72%) of all nights spent by non-residents in EU hotels and similar establishments.