Cyprus Records Second Highest Tourist Demand of EU28

29/01/2015
Cyprus recorded the second highest tourist demand from non-residents of the 28 European Union member states in 2014, accounting for 94% of total demand. Tourist demand is evaluated by the number of nights spent in local tourist accommodation establishments.

According to figures released by Eurostat, the official statistical office of the EU, Cyprus was preceded only by Malta, with a 96% share of foreign demand.

The publication of these figures follows the announcement that the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU is expected to have reached an all-time high of around 2.7 billion nights in 2014, up by 1.7% compared with 2013.

Following the decline observed in 2009 with the beginning of the financial crisis, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU over the last 5 years, Eurostat details. This pattern can be observed for nights spent by both residents and non-residents; in 2014, France and Spain continued to be the top 2 Member States in terms of tourism nights, with 403 million nights and 401 million respectively, followed by Italy and Germany, 370 million and 366 million.

After the two Mediterranean island member states of Malta and Cyprus, the highest shares of nights spent by non-residents were registered in 2014 in Croatia (92%), Luxembourg (88%) and Greece (79%), and the lowest in Romania (18%), Poland (19%) and Germany (20%).