Which European city has the busiest hotels: the answer may surprise you
What cities in Europe do tourists prefer to choose to stay overnight? The answer to this question is given by the Eurostat report on the nights spent in tourist accommodations.
Paris leads in the number of nights spent. In 2019, 43.2 million nights were spent in tourist establishments in the French capital, according to Euronews.
Berlin is second with 33.2 million nights, followed by Madrid with 28.9 million.
Bulgaria's Sofia had fewer nights spent in tourist accommodation: 1.2 million visitors a year.
Latvia's Riga (2.2 million) and Lithuania's Vilnius (2.3 million) were also next on the list.
Which city has the highest "intensity of tourism"
"Tourism intensity", which is the ratio of nights spent in tourist accommodations relative to the region's total resident population, gives a clearer picture of which cities are the most crowded.
Paris tops the list in this category. In 2019, tourists spent 19.9 nights per resident in Paris, followed by Prague with 14.1 nights.
Tourists spent 9.3 nights per resident in Berlin, Germany, 8.9 nights in Vienna, Austria, and 8.2 nights in Oslo, Norway.
Sofia and Turkey's capital Ankara had the lowest number of nights spent in tourist accommodation per inhabitant at 0.9 nights.
This figure was 7.4 nights in Amsterdam, 7.1 nights in Lisbon, 4.4 nights in Madrid, 3.7 nights in Rome and 3.4 nights in Dublin.
Which EU country has the highest intensity of tourism
At the country level, tourism intensity is highest in Iceland, with 23.5 nights spent in tourist accommodations per inhabitant per year.
Croatia ranks second with 22.4 nights, while Romania has only 1.5 nights per inhabitant.
The ratio was 14.4 in Austria, 13.4 in Greece, 10 in Spain, 6.6 in France and 5.3 in Germany.
In the EU as a whole the average was 6.4 nights per capita.
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