Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017
Nearly 973 million passengers who had travelled by air in the European Union in the year 2016 mark 5.9% more than that was observed in 2015 and 29% more than in 2009.
Central and Eastern European had registered the highest rises with Romanian and Bulgarian air traffic has ascended by 22.5% and 20.5% respectively.
The two regional leaders are followed closely by Hungary (up to 14.1%), Croatia (13.8%) and Lithuania (13.3%). Eurostat mentioned that the total number of people travelling by air from the CEE-EU 11 member states exceeded 211 million, as reported by a website.
Except Finland, Portugal and Iceland it is the CEE region that had enjoyed the largest growth in terms of tourist arrivals and Montenegro registered 23% in the initial half of 2017.
The Balkan nation was followed by Bulgaria (17%), Serbia and Croatia (each with a rise of 15%).
The performance of accommodation has also been positive in 2017 based on the May data.
The occupancy rates had grown by 5.8% in Eastern Europe. The occupancy rates in many nations in the region continue to rebound from the lows of 2014 and 2015 with a noticeable growth in Lithuania (9.5%) and the Czech Republic (8.3%). Poland also witnessed a slight drop in the occupancy rate of 0.1% and a more significant decrease of 3.8% in Latvia.
The occupancy was up by 4% in Southern Europe.
By far Croatia was the best-performing nation in the sub-region and across Europe as a whole where the occupancy rate was up by 33.8%.
The report’s leading 50 comprise seven emerging nations of Europe nations like Croatia ranked the highest followed by Estonia (37th), the Czech Republic (39th), Slovenia (41st), Bulgaria (45th), Poland (46th) and Hungary (49th).