In Q3 2016, the fall in tourist nights eased (−1.6% y-o-y, after −5.2%)Tourism occupancy in hotels, campsites and holiday and other short-stay accommodation in metropolitan France - third quarter 2016

In the third quarter of 2016, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation continued to fall (−1.6% compared to the same period in 2015) but less than in the previous quarter (−5.2%). This decline was significant for hotels and for holiday and other short-stay accomodation, while occupancy increased slightly in campsites. Overall, the decrease in overnight stays of foreign customers (−5.7%) eased compared with the previous quarter (−9.2%), and the nights spent by French customers bounced slightly (+0.4% after −3.1%).

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Paru le : 16/11/2016

Tourist nights continued to decline in metropolitan France

In the third quarter of 2016, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation continued to fall (−1.6% compared to the same period in 2015) but less than in the previous quarter (−5.2%). This decline was significant for hotels and for holiday and other short-stay accomodation, while occupancy increased slightly in campsites. Overall, the decrease in overnight stays of foreign customers (−5.7%) eased compared with the previous quarter (−9.2%), and the nights spent by French customers bounced slightly (+0.4% after −3.1%).

Foreign customers continued to desert hotels in the agglomeration of Paris

The decline in overnight stays in hotels persisted in the third quarter (−4.1% year-on-year after −3.6% in Q2). Occupancy fell in the agglomeration of Paris (−14.3%) and in the coastlines (−1.2%) , probably due to the terrorist attacks at the end of 2015 in Paris and Saint-Denis and then in Nice on 14 July. This decrease was sharper for foreign customers (−10.6% after −7.7%). They continued to desert the hotels of the agglomeration of Paris (−18.0%), and avoid coastlines (−7.0%). Hotel occupancy increased slightly in the urban areas of province, rural and mountainous areas. Overall, the room occupancy rate (65.4%) fell by 2.6 points year-on-year.

Graph1 – Overnight stays in hotels

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

Table2 – Average length of stay and occupancy

Average length of stay and occupancy
Average length of stay (days) Occupancy rate ** in %
2015 2016 2015 2016
Q3 Q3 * Q3 Q3 *
Hotels 1.8 1.8 68.0 65.4
HOSSA 4.9 4.7 68.5 68.1
Campsites 5.7 5.6 47.3 47.5
bare pitches 4.6 4.5 39.0 39.2
pitches with rental accommodation 7.9 7.7 67.6 66.7
  • * 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 went also down

The decline in HOSSA was less significant than in Q2 (−3.4% year-on-year after −6.3%), especially for foreign customers (−12.1% after −21.0%). Overnight stays fell in almost all areas, with the exception of rural areas which went up sharply (+10.0%), attracting resident as not resident tourists. Given that the park declined, the occupancy rate (68.1%) decreased only by 0.4 points year-on-year.

Graph2 – Overnight stays in HOSSA

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

Occupancy in high-end campsites held up

Overnight stays in campsites grew (+1.0% year-on-year) at practically the same pace for French and foreign customers. Occupancy was driven by the high-end campsites (+2.8% for 4-5 stars). The pitches with rental accommodation were much demanded. However, the decline in tourist nights spent in coastlines also affected campsites situated there (−0.8% over one year).

Graph3 – Overnight stays in campsites

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

The decline in occupancy eased in September

Overnight stays decreased sharply in July (−1.6% year-on-year) and August (−1.8%), especially on the coastlines and in Île-de-France. The attack in Nice on 14 July weighted particularly heavily on the occupancy in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. In September, the overall decrease eased (−1.1% year-on-year).

Table1 – Overnight stays in Q3 2016 *

Overnight stays in Q3 2016 *
Nights of the quarter Year-on-year (%) (Q/Q-4)
Total nights (millions) % of foreign nights Total nights Foreign nights
Total 192.4 31.2 –1.6 –5.7
Hotels 64.3 38.5 –4.1 –10.6
Unclassified 6.0 28.1 –10.5 –14.9
1 and 2 stars 18.7 25.9 –2.0 –8.9
3 stars 24.3 39.6 –3.9 –11.5
4 and 5 stars 15.3 56.3 –4.3 –9.8
hotel chain 29.9 39.8 –4.6 –12.0
independent hotel 34.4 37.4 –3.7 –9.3
Agglo. of Paris 16.0 62.7 –14.3 –18.0
coastlines 14.1 33.3 –1.2 –7.0
mountain 8.9 25.3 0.2 0.5
other urban area 20.5 31.8 0.2 –5.2
other rural area 4.8 26.6 0.4 –3.5
Holiday and other short-stay accomodation 34.6 18.7 –3.4 –12.1
Tourism residences 23.6 23.2 –4.8 –12.6
Holiday villages 9.9 8.0 0.0 –9.9
Other 1.1 19.0 –2.7 –7.5
Agglo. of Paris 2.1 50.8 –13.6 –18.2
coastlines 14.6 16.2 –5.7 –14.2
mountain 9.2 12.2 –3.2 –12.0
other urban area 4.5 22.9 –1.7 –14.1
other rural area 4.2 21.1 10.0 7.4
Campsites 93.4 30.8 1.0 0.8
Unclassified 5.2 29.9 –6.1 –4.1
1 and 2 stars 13.3 25.6 –0.7 –2.7
3 stars 31.2 30.0 0.4 –1.1
4 and 5 stars 43.8 33.1 2.8 3.6
bare pitches 48.4 38.8 –1.2 –2.4
pitches with rental accommodation 45.0 22.3 3.4 7.5
coastlines 52.3 25.7 –0.8 0.7
except coast 41.1 37.4 3.3 0.9
  • Reference area : Metropolitan France
  • * provisional data
  • Source: INSEE, in partnership with the Regional Committees of tourism (CRT) and DGE

Revisions

Compared to the previous publication, the overall variation in the number of overnight stays in Q2 2016 has been revised downwards (−5.2% instead of −4.8%) due to the integration of data known in the meantime. The decrease has been lowered by 0.1 points in hotels (−3.6% instead of −3.5%), by 1.4 points in campsites (−8.2% instead of −6.8%) and raised by 0.1 points in HOSSA (−6.3% instead of −6.4%).