Presentation of a positive tourist year 2015

Le château de Vianden fait partie des attractions touristiques au LuxembourgOn 2 March 2016, Secretary of State of the Economy, Francine Closener, gave a positive assessment of the past tourism year which is in line with a promising development of Luxembourg's tourism sector in previous years. Surveys conducted by GIE Luxembourg for Tourism (LFT) for 2015 show a total of 2.7 million overnight stays [1] which is an increase compared to the previous year which presents itself as follows: hotels (+ 1.4%), camping (-1.3%) and hostels (+ 3.5%).

Another record performance in the hotel industry

With a total of 1.7 million overnight stays, the hotel industry has seen its best performance ever recorded. Note the sharp increase in the leisure breaks category (+7.4%) and the MICE [2] segment (+19.6%). In 2015, 44% of hotel overnight stays were related to recreational tourism, while business tourism (MICE included) represents the remainder. Considered separately, the MICE segment represents 16% of total overnight stays in hotels. This segment benefited from the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Indeed, during the second half of 2015, more than 22,600 people had a stay in Luxembourg due to the Presidency and passed, where applicable, one or more nights in Luxembourg.

Having undergone a substantial decline (-9.6%), traditional business trips (excluding MICE) suffer from the budgetary constraints of enterprises and the evolution of means of remote communication.

Campsites attract 39% of new customers

With 800,000 overnight stays, campsites registered last year a decline of 1.3% compared to 2014, which was deemed an exceptional year. This segment is changing with the emergence of a clientele in search of new housing trends such as 'glamping'. Indeed, the rental (+ 71%) and motorhoming segments (+ 13%) recorded the largest increases. 39% of campsite visitors spent their holidays for the first time in Luxembourg, which demonstrates the success of promotional campaigns abroad.

Hostels show an increase of 3.5% With a total of 136,050 overnight stays, this is the highest score achieved since the cultural year in 2007.

Regarding the occupancy rate in hotels, it stood at 73.2% nationally.

At regional level, the Centre region registered an occupancy rate of 76%, a progression of overnight stays of 1.6%, the Ardennes region registered an occupancy rate of 69% (+ 2.1% overnight stays), the Mullerthal region one of 51% ( + 2.6% overnight stays) and the South one of 73% (+ 2.7% overnight stays). The only region posting a decline is the Moselle region with 61% (-4.7% overnight stays). This decrease is mainly due to the closure of some hotel resorts and partial unavailability of a major institution due to renovations. The average price per room rose by 12.3%, which increased the average price per room to 113.4 euros. Accentuated by the effects of the Presidency, this development goes hand in hand with the increase of 14.4% in revenue per available room (RevPAR).

Traditional and distant markets make overnight stays progress

Traditional markets represent altogether 60% of total nights for all accommodation types combined: Netherlands (24% of overnight stays), Belgium (16%), Germany (11%) and France (9%). In the hotel business, German, Dutch and English tourists contribute to a progression of 3.2%. The large increases in the youth hostels segment are attributed to French customers (+ 13%), followed by the Belgians (+ 9%) and, once again, the Germans (+ 6.7%). Regarding distant markets, Americans lead the pack (+ 14.9%), followed by Japanese (+ 11.2%) and Chinese (9.7%). Stressing the positive development of day tourism, the sights and attractions welcomed more visitors in 2015 than the previous year. At the head of the best performances are the guided tours offered by the City of Luxembourg with 294,240 visitors (+ 15.8%), the Casemates with 127,475 visitors (+ 9.4%), Mudam with 90,964 visitors (+ 14.5% ) and the National Museum of History and Art with 60,222 visitors (+ 42.6%).
Secretary of State of the Economy Francine Closener said: 'Supported by all tourism stakeholders, the 2015 tourism record confirms that our strategy is fruitful. Significant increases in the leisure and MICE segments testify a gain in notoriety and attractiveness of the country abroad. The development of a quality offer and promotion of specific segments of tourism through an integrated and targeted marketing are revealed as a model to follow. Combined with a professionalization of tourist structures, the overall offer will be enhanced by more tourism products and activities in the different tourist regions.' [1] Except nights spent in guesthouses, cottages, etc., where the results are not yet available. [2] MICE: Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions

(Source: press release of the Ministry of the Economy)

  • Updated 06-03-2016