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These charts show 12-month average tourist arrivals in hotels and other collective accommodation establishments at national levels June 2007 – June 2010 in the EU and surrounding countries. “An arrival (departure) is defined as a person who arrives at (leaves) a collective accommodation establishment or at private tourism accommodation and checks in (out).

Statistically there is not much difference if, instead of arrivals, departures are counted. No age limit is applied: children are counted as well as adults, even in the case when the overnight stays of children might be free of charge. Arrivals are registered by country of residence of the guest and by month. The arrivals of non-tourists (e.g. refugees) should be excluded, if possible.

The arrivals of same-day visitors spending only few hours during the day (no overnight stay, the date of arrival and departure are the same) at the establishment are excluded from accommodation statistics.” Eurostat

Chart 1: The Nordic and Baltic regions are seeing greatly increased traffic. This rise is explained by Norway, which seen an increase in arrivals from 827,286 to 1,288,617 between months, and Finland (619,492 to 791,417). Data from Denmark and Iceland are missing but do not affect the 12-month average as empty values are automatically excluded.

Chart 2: Central Europe also sees a sharp increase that can be traced to Switzerland, where tourist arrivals increase from 1,287,215 to 1,555,830 between months. Austria, France, Germany and Liechtenstein also see an increase, while Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK see a decrease. Data from Ireland is missing.

Chart 3: Eastern Europe is recovering from the downward turn with increase in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia, where arrivals climb from 564,667 to 644,361 between months.

Chart 4: Southern Europe appears to be losing traffic but this is not really the case. Data from Italy is lacking which drives the average rate down. Last reported value for Italy is 6,400,258 April 2010 which weighs 41.2% of the Southern European total. Greece sees a healthy increase from 1,610,102 to 1,896,873 between months, Spain 7,819,089 to 8,159,835, and Cyprus 217,707 to 273,790. Malta sees a slight increase from 122,669 to 127,217. Portugal experiences a decrease from 1,231,044 to 1,168,787 but as of August 2010 traffic is up to 1,656,580.

Chart 5: Comparison between total arrivals and regional changes from prior month’s 12-month average. The Nordic and Baltics tower of the rest and closely followed by Central Europe. Eastern and Southern Europe trail behind.

Chart 6: Comparison between total arrivals and same month last year’s 12-month average. The pattern is the same as in the Chart 5.



  • Nordic and Baltics: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden

  • Central Europe: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland

  • Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia

  • Southern Europe: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain

Source data: Arrivals – monthly data (tour_occ_arm)


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