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The purpose of the statistics is to supply information on holiday houses rented through Danish agencies, and has been conducted since 1986. Figures on nights spend at holiday houses or holiday apartments complements various tourism statistics on nights spend (hotels, camping etc.).
The purpose of the statistics is to provide information on holiday houses for rental, rented houses and the number of tourist nights spent in this type of accommodation. The most important variables are: Houses available, rented houses, rental contracts made and nights stayed per group of nationality.
Data is collected from the individual respondents and checked for errors. Hereafter data is summed at various levels (municipality, sub-region, region and total).
The main users are the EU Commission, Danish ministries, business organizations and private enterprises. The statistics are mostly used for monitoring the market and deciding tourism policies.
Accuracy and reliability
The variables of the statistics are associates more or less uncertainty, depending on the respondent's reporting. Number of contracts, number of houses available and rented house-weeks is regarded as the most certain. Figures for numbers of nights spend is regarded as more uncertain, since figures in some cases are based on reported estimates on average number of persons per house-week.
Timeliness and punctuality
Results of the annual census is published ultimo April the following year - high punctuality.
The statistics dates back to 1986 and has been changed during time, why comparison between absolute figures over time is difficult, while comparison between changes in percentages is more feasible.
- Before 1990, the statistics covered only the rental in the main season.
- From 1990 the statistics covered a split year: Beginning of October - end of September.
- From 1998 the annual statistics covered a calendar year.
From 2008 the statistics id dived into municipality, sub-regional and regional levels.
From 2012 is no longer asked for number of houses at disposal each calendar week. Instead of is asked about houses/apartments at disposal during the year made up the 1st of May the census year (including rentals momentarily not available.
From 2012 the respondent can either (and preferred) report number of person-nights spend, or optionally estimate average number of guests per house-week.
For the key figures the statistics are comparable over time. However, in 2011 figures for nights spend 2010 was increased by 647.000, because of revised figures from respondents. Consequently figures from before 2010 are not directly comparable with figures from 2010 and onwards.
Accessibility and clarity
These statistics are published monthly and yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject Holiday dwellings. For further information, go to the subject page.