Spain continued to be Europe's foremost tourist destination in 2007, with 273 million nights spent in hotels in the country, more than any other EU member state.
Compared to 250 million nights spent in hotels in Italy, followed by Germany (215m), France (204m) and the United Kingdom (178m).
These five countries accounted for more than 70% of the total number of hotel stays in EU nations last year, according to figures released by statistical office Eurostat.
While Spain led the industry in the total number of overnight stays, Poland saw the biggest year-on-year increase of 11.5%, followed by Romania (9.1%), Latvia (9%), Malta (8.5%) and the Netherlands (8.3%).
The total number of nights spent in hotels in the EU reached 1,578m last year, which represents an increase of 3.1% on 2006.