Hotel Nights Spent by Foreigners in Bulgaria down 20% Y/Y

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Number of Hotel Nights Spent by Foreigners in Bulgaria down 20% Y/Y: Hotel Nights Spent by Foreigners in Bulgaria down 20% Y/Y New hotel construction has experienced a real boom in Bulgaria in the last 10 years, but as the number of tourists goes down, many projects are now frozen. Photo by BGNES

The number of nights spent in hotels in Bulgaria is down and 3 times below the EU average, according to the lasted data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The total number of nights for 2009 are 14, 2 M which is a 16,5% reduction compared with the previous year. In the EU, nearly 1,5 billion nights were spent in hotels and similar establishments, a decrease of 5 % compared with 2008, after an annual change of – 0,2% in 2008 and +3,5% in 2007.

The number of hotel nights spent by residents in their own country in 2009 fell by 1,6% and hotel nights spent by non-residents fell by 9,1%. For Bulgaria the percentages are – 9% and – 20% respectively.

Amongst the Member States, the highest numbers of nights spent in hotels in 2009 were recorded in Spain (251 M nights, -6,5% compared with 2008), Italy (238 M, -4,3%), Germany (216 M, -1,4%), France (191 M, -5,6%) and the United Kingdom (170 M, -1.7%). These five countries accounted for more than 70% of the total number of hotel nights in the EU.

The number of nights spent in hotels in 2009 fell in all Member States, except Sweden (+0,1%). The largest decreases were recorded in Latvia (-23,3%), Lithuania (-20,4%), and Cyprus (-19,7%) and the smallest in Germany (-1,4%), the United Kingdom (-1,7%), and Slovenia (-2,1%).

In 2009, non-residents accounted for 44% of the total number of nights spent in hotels in the EU. Apart from the two Mediterranean islands, Malta (96%) and Cyprus (89%), the highest proportions of non-residents were registered in Latvia (73%), Greece and Austria (both 72%). The lowest proportions of non-residents were recorded in Romania (15%), Germany (20%), and Sweden (24%).

The highest numbers of hotel nights spent by non-residents were registered in Spain (142 M, -8,9% compared with 2008), while for residents the highest levels were observed in Germany (173 M, -0,6%).

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