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Nights spent at hotels, holiday resorts and youth hostels

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.

Data description

The purpose of the accommodation survey is in general to show the accommodation capacity and occupancy over time. The accommodation statistics has been compiled since 1969. The most important variables are number of nights spent broken down by country of residence, geography, number of rented rooms as well as number of rooms and bed places available. From 2018, the survey has been expanded with the number of guests, and it is therefore possible to get knowledge on the number of persons as well as the duration of the stay.

The number of nights spent tells something about the occupancy at the Danish hotels, holiday centers and hostels, and subsequently how mange guests that stayed a certain number of days at a given location. The accommodation statistics also tells us where these guests usually reside. This information can be used by the accommodation businesses as well as business and tourism organizations to analyze the tourism market and where to focus promotional efforts etc.

The number of rented rooms tells something about the room occupancy. The number of rooms and bed places tells something about the development in capacity and more specifically how many rooms and bed places that are available.

Classification system

The classifications used are mandatory in The European Union and are the international NUTS standards for geographical areas and the NACE rev. II standards for the classification of accommodation businesses.

Sector coverage

The tourism sector.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Occupancy rate for beds (net): Number of nights spent in the reference month/(number of bed places in the reference monthnumber of days open in the reference month)100 = Net occupancy rate in per cent.

Occupancy rate for rooms (net): Number of rented rooms in the reference month/(number of rooms available in the reference monthnumber of days open in the reference month)100 = Net occupancy rate in per cent.

Hotel: Includes hotels, holiday apartments, motels, inns, beach resorts and similar businesses with a minimum of 40 permanent bed places. Hotels etc. are defined as accommodation businesses who provide hotel services such as daily bed-making and cleaning of rooms and sanitary installments. Furthermore, there may be services such as food and beverage serving, parking, laundry facilities, spa, swimming pools. fitness, recreational facilities and conference facilities. The definition is based on NACE-code 55.1 which is the European standard code for this type of facility.

Holiday resort: Holiday resorts are defined as clusters of houses, apartments or bungalows with cooking facilities. There may be additional facilities on site such as a reception, laundromats, swimming facilities etc., but no services such as daily bed-making and cleaning are provided. Businesses that provide daily bed-making and cleaning are to defined as hotels. . The definition is based on NACE-code 55.2 which is the European standard code for this type of facility.

Hostel: All hostels with at least 40 bed places or a DanHostel-membership. Hostels are classified under NACE-code 55.2 which is the European standard code for this type of facility. Hostels are typically characterized by a limited selection of services and the possibility of staying in dorms. Recently, some hostels have expanded their supply of facilities and now resemble hotels more and more. This development has not been addressed in the current NACE-classification.

Statistical unit

The accommodation statistics is based on data on hotels, holiday centers and hostels and similar. as well as their rooms, bed places, nights spent and guests. The unit "Nights spent" is the number of guests multiplied with the duration of their stay. Two guests who spend five nights at a hotel, holiday center or hostel counts as 10 nights spent. The unit "Rented rooms" is the number of rooms rented multiplied with the duration of stay and regardless of the number of guests.

Statistical population

Hotels, holiday centers and hostels and similar in Denmark.

Reference area

Denmark.

Time coverage

1992 and onwards.

Base period

Not relevant.

Unit of measure

Nights spent and guests (occupancy) and capacity are measured in absolute numbers. Occupancy rates are measured in per cent.

Reference period

Month.

Frequency of dissemination

Monthly.

Legal acts and other agreements

Law on Statistics Denmark, § 8, section 1, Declaration no. 610 of May 30th 2018.

Regulation (EU) 692/2011 of July 6th 2011.

Cost and burden

The response burden is in 2016 estimated to 280 DKK according to AMVAB.

Comment

Further information can be found at the subject page or by contacting Statistics Denmark directly.