In Q3 2017, tourist nights continued to rise (+4.1% y-o-y after +9.9%)Tourism occupancy in hotels, campsites and holiday and other short-stay accommodation in metropolitan France - third quarter 2017

In the third quarter of 2017, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation rose by +4.1% compared to the same period in 2016. This improvement was more pronounced for foreign customers (+5.0%) than French (+3.7%). This was the fourth consecutive quarter of increase, unwinding the previous declines: the number of overnight stays in the quarter was 2.5% higher than in the third quarter of 2015. Occupancy surpassed the 200 million mark for the first time.

In hotels and holiday and other short-stay accomodation, the increase of occupancy was driven by the Île-de-France (+11.0% in hotels and +22.5% in HOSSA).

The increase in tourist nights continued in metropolitan France

In the third quarter of 2017, throughout metropolitan France, the number of overnight stays in tourist collective accomodation rose by +4.1% compared to the same period in 2016. This improvement was more pronounced for foreign customers (+5.0%) than French (+3.7%). This was the fourth consecutive quarter of increase, unwinding the previous declines: the number of overnight stays in the quarter was 2.5% higher than in the third quarter of 2015. Occupancy surpassed the 200 million mark for the first time.

In hotels and holiday and other short-stay accomodation, the increase of occupancy was driven by the Île-de-France (+11.0% in hotels and +22.5% in HOSSA).

The return of foreign customers was confirmed in hotels

In the third quarter of 2017, the overnight stays in hotels increased by 5.2% year-on-year. This rise was due primarily to foreign customers (+8.7%), especially in Île-de-France, where overnight stays went up by 13.0% whithout, however, reaching the level of 2015, before terrorist attacks. Occupancy in hotel also increased on coastlines (+4.1%), in provincial urban area (+3.7%), more modestly in other areas, and even slightly declined in ski mountain area. This influx of tourists resulted in a increase of 3.4 points year-on-year in the occupation rate which stood at 68.8%.

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 %
2016 2017 2016 2017
Q3 Q3 * Q3 Q3 *
Hotels 1.8 1.8 65.4 68.8
HOSSA 4.6 4.6 68.2 71.7
Campsites 5.6 5.8 47.5 48.6
bare pitches 4.5 4.6 39.2 40.0
pitches with rental accommodation 7.7 7.8 66.7 67.0
  • * 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

Holiday and other short-stay accomodation benefited from french customers

In HOSSA, occupancy grew by 6.6% year-on-year. The 2.8% increase over two years stemmed from a combination of increase by 6.4% in french customers and a decrease by 11.2% in foreign customers. The annual increase was buoyant in urban area (+22.5% in Île-de-France and +14.8% in provincial urban area), more then in ski mountain area (+7.6%) and on coastlines (+3.9%). Occupancy was almost unchanged in other area (rural and middle mountain area). These good results increased the occupancy rate by 3.5 points over one year to 71.7%.

Graph2 – Overnight stays in HOSSA

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

Ocuupancy in campsites grew moderately

Overnight stays in campsites rose more modestly (+2.5% in one year, +3.5% in two year). Indeed, unlike hotels and HOSSA, there was no drop from 2016 to compensate. Futhermore, weather has been uncertain in most regions. The high demand from customers for high end campsites (+10.0% for 4-5 stars) and for pitches with rental accommodation (+5.9%) was confirmed.

Graph3 – Overnight stays in campsites

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

Table1 – Overnight stays in Q3 2017*

Overnight stays in Q3 2017*
Nights of the quarter Year-on-year (%) (Q/Q-4)
Total nights (millions) % of foreign nights Total Foreign French
Total 200.3 31.5 4.1 5.0 3.7
Hotels 67.6 39.8 5.2 8.7 2.9
Unclassified 7.1 28.8 18.4 21.9 17.0
1 and 2 stars 18.1 28.3 –3.0 6.5 –6.3
3 stars 25.7 40.1 5.7 7.1 4.7
4 and 5 stars 16.7 56.4 9.1 9.2 8.9
hotel chain 31.7 41.1 5.9 9.6 3.5
independent hotel 36.0 38.6 4.5 7.9 2.5
Île de France 18.3 62.7 11.0 13.0 7.9
Provincial urban area 24.4 31.8 3.7 7.3 2.1
Coastlines 15.0 33.9 4.1 6.3 3.0
Ski mountain area 2.2 26.7 –0.6 –5.3 1.3
Other area 7.8 26.1 0.9 2.6 0.3
Holiday and other short-stay accomodation 36.9 17.7 6.6 0.8 8.0
Tourism residences 25.3 22.3 7.2 2.5 8.6
Holiday villages 10.4 6.4 4.9 –14.8 6.6
Other 1.2 19.2 10.1 15.5 8.9
Île de France 2.8 39.9 22.5 –6.3 54.0
Provincial urban area 5.8 22.5 14.8 14.1 15.0
Coastlines 15.5 14.8 3.9 –5.0 5.6
Ski mountain area 6.3 10.9 7.6 11.7 7.1
Other area 6.5 17.7 0.2 1.3 –0.1
Campsites 95.8 31.0 2.5 2.8 2.4
Unclassified 4.5 30.4 –12.3 –11.0 –12.9
1 and 2 stars 12.6 25.2 –5.7 –7.1 –5.2
3 stars 30.5 30.9 –2.1 0.8 –3.4
4 and 5 stars 48.2 32.6 10.0 7.8 11.2
bare pitches 48.1 39.9 –0.7 2.1 –2.4
pitches with rental accommodation 47.7 22.0 5.9 4.1 6.5
coastlines 53.6 25.5 2.3 1.2 2.8
except coast 42.2 38.0 2.7 4.2 1.9
  • 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 2017 has been lowered (+9.9% instead of +10.2%), after integration of late answers. It has been unchanged in hotels, lowered in campsites (+17.4% instead of +18.7%) and raised in HOSSA (+10.8% instead of +10.7%).