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Happy trails, says tourism body of 2017



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Hikers on the Mullerthal Trail. Handout photo: visitluxembourg.com 

Luxembourg campgrounds surpassed 1m guest-nights last year, while nearly 150,000 hikers hit the Mullerthal Trail, an increase of 41% over the previous year.

Those were two of the figures included in the annual report card released by Luxembourg for Tourism, a government promotion body, on 6 March.

Overnight stays grew 4.3% between 2016 and 2017, to a bit more than 3m guest-nights across all types of tourist accommodation, the government promotion body said. This included growth of 4% at both hotels and campgrounds, and 12% at youth hostels.

This was the 6th consecutive year of growth, said Luxembourg for Tourism; the country recorded a total of 2.2m guest-nights in 2011.

Last year the capital and South region both experienced 6% growth in overnight stays; the Mullerthal and Centre-West were the slowest growing areas, but still clocked up gains of 1%.

Swiss visitors were up 12% between 2016 and 2017, and there were 9% more Brits, Americans and Chinese, 8% more Japanese, and 4% more Belgians.

Luxembourg hotels reported a 78.5% occupancy rate, higher than the level in the Netherlands (78.4%), Austria (75.5%), Belgium (72.6%), Switzerland (72%), Germany (71.6%) and France (67.6%), according to MKG Hospitality figures cited by Luxembourg for Tourism.

In a press statement, Francine Closener, secretary of state for the economy, said the results: “show that Luxembourg is a tourist destination of choice and that the promotion and professionalisation of the sector are paying off.”