The purpose of the survey is to supply information on overnight visiting yachts and yachtsmen and guest nights spent in marinas and to identify the most popular marina areas in Denmark. The survey is collected on a voluntary basis and made in collaboration with VisitDenmark. The survey has been compiled since 1992. The survey went from mandatory to voluntary in 2004 which has had an impact on the response rate and thus also the comparability over time. Furthermore, the factor used to estimate number of nights spent, was adjusted in 2007, and the comparability before 2007 and after has been affected as a consequence thereof.
The purpose of the survey is to describe the structure of and development in boat and guest nights spent by visiting yachts in marinas in the months of May-September. The most important variables are: Nights stayed per group of nationality and broken down by geography.
Data is reported to Statistics Denmark via http://www.virk.dk, a digital upload solution or an encrypted e-mail. The data collected is subsequently compared with previous reports and validated. When then data has been validated, the number of person nights spent is calculated by multiplying the boat nights spent with a factor on the average crew size on the boats. The crew size comes from a survey conducted by the national tourism board VisitDenmark.
The survey is of interest for accommodation businesses that are able to compare their own development in nights spent with the general trend in the industry. In general, the survey can be used as an indicator that tells something about the society and the economic situation.
The marina statistics was made voluntary from 2004 which may influence the comparability over time as well as the coverage. Some reports are based on a best estimate by the respondent and therefore in risk of being wrong.
The survey is published on a monthly basis for the reference months May-September approx. 40 days after the end of the reference month. Furthermore, an annual publication is made that is published approx. 75 days after the end of the reference year. The survey is published according to the scheduled time table and therefore has a high degree of punctuality.
The statistics is voluntary and there is as a consequence no coherence with other EU-statistics. From 2004, the survey is voluntary. For the key figures the statistics is comparable over time.
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