Prague was ranked fifth in the number of foreign visitors’ overnight stays and seventh in the total number of overnight stays, according to the preliminary results of the European Cities Benchmarking Report by European Cities Marketing.
City tourism continues to grow, representing an annual increase of overnight stays in European cities for 2016 by 3.6%. For the first time in the past few years, the increase in overnight stays of domestic tourists (6%) was higher than the increase in the number of overnight stays of foreign visitors (2.3%).
Prague, with the total number of 16.7 million (+4.8%) of overnights, overcame Vienna or Amsterdam. And with 14.9 million (+3.8%) of foreign visitors’ overnights, Prague performed better than Berlin, Vienna, Madrid or Budapest.
The USA, Germany and the United Kingdom were among the main European city tourism source markets, from which ca 30% of total number of visitors came to European cities. The number of Chinese visitors is also growing, for 2016 it was about 2.2%.
The European Cities Benchmarking Report’s preliminary results by European Cities Marketing are based on the data from 62 cities that create total number of 389.9 million overnights. Final results will be available in June 2017.