The purpose of the statistics is to describe the occupancy and capacity of Danish hotels, holiday centers and hostels. The survey is used by i.e. EU, tourism organizations and municipalities in order to analyze the development in tourism. The survey has been compiled since 1969, but is only comparable from 1992 and onwards.
The accommodation survey "Nights spent in hotels, holiday centers and hostels" is a monthly summary on occupancy and capacity in Danish hotels, holiday centers and hostels with a minimum capacity of 40 bed places as well as hostels with a membership of The Danish Hostel Association (DanHostel). The accommodation survey is broken down by capacity and geography of the establishment as well as the purpose and country of residence of the guest.
The answers from the survey are collected from the accommodation businesses and then validated. After validation, the data will be aggregated to different geographical levels. Data is collected on a monthly basis either online via Virk or by using a web-application where the accommodation businesses can extract and report directly from their booking systems to Statistics Denmark.
The accommodation statistics is relevant to everyone with an interest in tourism, and it can also be used as an economic indicator. Tourism is of increasing significance to the economy and the statistics is more relevant than ever. The accommodation statistics is under constant review and the user needs are rapidly changing with the emergence of peer-to-peer platforms such as AirBnB.
The accommodation statistics is published on a monthly basis. The numbers are preliminary and revised if there has been any imputations or wrong responses. The final numbers are published approx. 100 days after the end of the reference year and the preliminary monthly numbers rarely differ more than 2-3 per cent from the final numbers.
The accommodation statistics is published approx. 40 days after the end of the reference month. The statistics is published without delay according to the planned publication tables.
The accommodation statistics is comparable with the other EU-statistics on tourism. The breakdown into nationalities has expanded from 13 to 51 since 1996 and this can weaken the comparability when using time series.
These statistics are published monthly 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 Hotels, holiday centres and youth hostels.These statistics also feature in the Statistical Yearbook. For further information, go to the subject page.