In Q2 2015, the number of tourism nights increased again (+2.7% year-on-year)Tourism occupancy in hotels, campsites and holiday and other short-stay accommodation in metropolitan France - 2nd quarter 2015

In the second quarter of 2015, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation increased again compared to the same period in 2014 (+2.7%), faster than the previous quarter (1.6%). Attendance rose in all forms of accomodation, but especially in campsites. The upswing recorded earlier this year in hotels and other short-stay accommodation (HOSSA) was confirmed.

Tourist nights continued to rise

In the second quarter of 2015, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation increased again compared to the same period in 2014 (+2.7%), faster than the previous quarter (1.6%). Attendance rose in all forms of accomodation, but especially in campsites. The upswing recorded earlier this year in hotels and other short-stay accommodation (HOSSA) was confirmed.

The increase in hotel occupancy was confirmed

The recovery in hotel occupancy was confirmed in the second quarter (+1.9% year-on-year after +2.4%) mostly due to French customers.

In all categories of classified hotels, the increase in overnight stays was mainly due to the ongoing process of accomodation classification which raised up the park, and to a lesser extent to the increase of occupancy with constant classification, especially for four or five-star hotels.

On the other hand, the unclassified hotels park lowered by a quarter, and overnight stays by more than 31%.

The occupancy rate increased by 0.4 points year-on-year with 62.7% of rooms occupied in the second quarter of 2015.

However tourist nights in the agglomeration of Paris fell (–0.2%) due to a decline of foreigners overnight stays (–1.6%), who represented there 59% of the customers.

Graph1_english – Overnight stays in hotels

  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE

Tableau2_english – Average length of stay and occupancy

Average length of stay and occupancy
Average length of stay (days) Occupancy rate ** in %
2014 2015 2014 2015
Q2 Q2* Q2 Q2*
Hotels 1.8 1.8 62.3 62.7
HOSSA 3.8 3.5 54.0 54.7
Campsites 3.7 3.7 19.8 20.9
bare pitches 3.1 3.1 14.9 15.8
pitches with rental accommodation 4.4 4.2 31.6 33.2
  • * provisional data
  • ** The occupancy rate is calculated for hotels in rooms, in pitches for campsites and in lodging units (rooms, apartments, dormitories) for holliday and other short-stay accommodation
  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE

Overnight stays in holiday and other short-stay accomodation increased slightly

Stays in HOSSA rose slightly in the second quarter of 2015 (+0.4% year-on-year after a stability in the previous quarter). This increase was mainly due to French customers.

Among HOSSA, nights spent in tourist or hotel residences (+1.8%), rose nearly at the same pace than in traditional hotels. However, nights spent in holiday villages and family homes declined (–3.6%), as well as in the other collective accomodation (youth hostels, etc.). The occupancy rate (54.7%) rose by 0.7 points.

Graph2_english – Overnight stays in HOSSA

  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE

A promising start for campsites

In the second quarter of 2015, according to the first results, the number of overnight stays in campsites increased strongly (+7.2%), mainly driven by foreign customers (+9.1%). The higher the campsite class was, the more the number of nights spent in increased, reaching +8.5% for high-end campsites (fourr or five-star hotels). The overall occupancy rate rose by 1.1 points, to 20.9% in the second quarter. It improved especially for pitches with rental accommodation (+1.6 points).

Graph3_english – Overnight stays in campsites

  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE

A favorable month of May

May contributed significantly to the rise of tourism nights in the second quarter of 2015, with clement weather conditions, especially in southern regions, combined with a more favorable schedule than last year (long weekend for Whitsun). The mountain areas recorded the sharpest increases in hotel and HOSSA. In campsites, overnight stays were particularly high on coastlines.

Revisions

The evolution of the number of overnight stays in the first quarter of 2015 were lowered by 0.4 points (+1.6% instead of +2.0%) due to the integration of more recent data.

It is revised down to 0.0% (–1.3 points) for HOSSA. It is unchanged for hotels.

Tableau1_english – Number of overnight stays in Q2 * 2015 and evolution

Number of overnight stays in Q2 * 2015 and evolution
Nights of the quarter Year-on-year (%) (Q/Q-4)
Total nights (millions) % of foreign nights Total nights Foreign nights
Total 97.4 34.2 2.7 1.8
Hotels 55.3 37.4 1.9 0.6
Unclassified 5.3 25.5 –31.1 –41.9
1 and 2 stars 15.8 23.7 7.8 8.1
3 stars 21.1 39.3 6.2 3.5
4 and 5 stars 13.1 55.7 8.8 8.2
hotel chain 27.7 37.5 8.4 13.3
independent hotel 27.6 37.3 –3.9 –9.6
Agglo. of Paris 17.6 59.2 –0.2 –1.6
coastlines 10.1 31.0 3.4 1.4
mountain 6.2 23.3 4.5 4.5
other urban area 17.8 27.4 2.4 5.2
other rural area 3.6 22.2 0.9 –5.1
Holiday and other short-stay accomodation 21.4 22.9 0.4 –3.9
Tourism residences 15.9 26.6 1.8 –3.6
Holiday villages 4.6 9.5 –3.6 –7.7
Other 0.9 24.5 –2.6 –1.2
Agglo. of Paris 2.3 51.8 –0.4 –14.1
coastlines 8.1 15.3 1.0 –8.0
mountain 4.6 26.0 2.7 19.6
other urban area 3.7 21.3 0.6 –3.6
other rural area 2.6 18.0 –4.5 –11.0
Campsites 20.7 37.4 7.2 9.1
Unclassified 1.2 40.9 1.9 –1.9
1 and 2 stars 2.7 32.3 3.9 4.2
3 stars 6.8 37.6 7.7 14.2
4 and 5 stars 10.0 38.3 8.5 8.6
bare pitches 9.3 51.9 7.1 8.0
pitches with rental accommodation 11.4 25.7 7.4 10.9
coastlines 11.3 32.7 8.3 14.2
except coast 9.3 43.2 6.0 4.8
  • Reference area : Metropolitan France
  • * provisional data
  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE