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Italy within the European context

In 2016 collective accommodation establishments numbered an average of 61.5 bed-places per 1,000 inhabitants in Europe.

Croatia reported by far the highest value (235.6) followed at a distance by Austria, Greece and Luxembourg, with over 100 bed-places per 1,000 inhabitants. Italy ranked 7th after Malta and Cyprus. The lowest values (less than 20 bed-places) were recorded in Poland and Romania. 


In the period between 2000-2016, the overall accommodation capacity in Europe rose from 48.3 to 61.5 bed-places per 1,000 inhabitants and Italy recorded a percentage increase in line with the European average.

In 2016 most Eu28 countries recorded an average length of stay in tourist accommodation establishments lower than 4 nights. Italy ranked eighth, among other 11 countries showing higher values than the Eu28 average. United Kingdom, France and Germany all recorded shorter average length of stay with figures below the European average.

Data on participation in tourism for long holidays (4 nights or more) by residents aged 15 or over recorded a European average of 49% in 2015, with the highest levels in Luxembourg and the lowest in Romania. Italy recorded a value of 36.3%. Among the closest Member States, Germany, France, Austria and Spain showed higher values.