Leading European city tourism destinations in 2018, by number of bednights

With approximately 71 million bednights, London is the most popular European city destination in the ECM benchmarking report. International visitors to London continually increased over the decade and measured over 19 million in 2018. In second place was London’s competitor, Paris - the French capital accounted for around 53 million bednights.

Is London the most popular city?

In the hospitality industry, a bednight measures the occupancy of one person (assigned to one bed) for one night. While London ranked first in terms of bednights, the United Kingdom received a Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) score of 5.2 out of 7.0 in 2017, taking only the fourth place on the list. The TTCI takes into consideration factors such as a countries infrastructure and its policy and enabling conditions. Comparatively, Spain ranked first on the TTCI, but its capital city Madrid ranked only at fifth place in terms of bednights, with approximately 19 million in 2017 and an increase of 6.4 percent over the previous year.

Leading European city tourism destinations in 2018, by number of bednights

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

* According to the source these cities have different definitions and data rectifications.

The ranking is from ECM's cities Marketing Benchmarking study, which was based on bednights from Europe's main source market (United States, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, China, Russia and Japan).

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