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Eurostat on Tourism in Europe (2009)
Top 20 tourist regions in the EU-27 (2009)
Out of the 20 top tourist regions in the EU-27 in 2009 (in
terms of nights spent at hotels and campsites), 17 regions
were from Spain, Italy and France.
With 63.6 million overnight stays, the Île-de-France region,
which includes the French capital Paris, was well in the lead,
followed by three Spanish regions: Cataluña (54.1 million),
Illes Balears (45.9 million) and Canarias (45.3 million).
The region of Veneto in Italy took fifth place (44.8 million).
Almost one in seven tourism nights spent in hotels or
campsites across the EU was spent in one of these top five
Inner London (seventh place), Tirol in Austria (11th place)
and Oberbayern in Germany (18th place), which includes
the Bavarian metropolitan area of München, were the only
regions in the top 20 that were not in one of the three leading
In 18 of the 20 regions, more nights were spent in hotels and
similar establishments than on campsites. In two French
regions, Languedoc-Roussillon and Aquitaine, however,
the opposite was true, as they attracted more tourists to
campsites than to other types of accommodation.
Tourism in Europe is concentrated in the coastal regions.
The Alpine regions also saw strong demand.
In the regions of western Europe (mainly coastal regions)
and Scandinavian countries, campsites are more frequently
used as accommodation than in central and eastern Europe.
Overnight stays in campsites
The regions with campsites accounting for more than 40%
were concentrated in nine countries: the United Kingdom,
Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium,
Portugal and Croatia. No regions in Bulgaria, Estonia,
Lithuania, Latvia or Romania had over 5 % share of nights
spent on campsites. A large majority of regions in Poland
and Austria had a less than 5 % share of overnight stays
spent in campsites.
Share of inbound tourism
The share of inbound tourism, i.e. visits from abroad,
differed very widely from region to region from around
2 % to over 97 %. Foreign overnight visitors accounted for
more than 90 % of overnight stays in five EU regions in
2009: Malta, Luxembourg, the Czech region of Praha, the
Greek region of Kriti and the Austrian region of Tirol. This
was also true in Liechtenstein and the Croatian region of
island regions recorded particularly high figures of foreign
visitors as a percentage of total overnight stays, especially
Malta, Cyprus, the Greek island regions, the Spanish Illes
Balears and Canarias and the Portuguese Região Autónoma
da Madeira. All of these regions recorded a share of nonresident nights above 80%.
Inbound tourism also occupied a key position in the capital
regions of some countries. This was true in Luxembourg,
the Czech region of Praha, Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest in Belgium, Inner London in United
Kingdom, the region of Közép-Magyarország in Hungary
and Wien in Austria. All of these regions recorded a share of
non-resident nights above 80%.