75% of trips made by Europeans were domestic, will medical patterns follow?


Eurostat data says that in 2017, residents of the European Union made a total of 1.3 billion trips with overnight stays, amounting to 6.4 billion stays with an average duration of 5.1 nights, which means that 75% of the trips made by Europeans were domestic.

Only a quarter of the trips made by Europeans were international (27%), of which 21% were made to other EU countries, and 6% to destinations outside the European Union.

The most common means of transport used for their travels was private vehicle (64%, cars mainly), followed by airplanes (17%), trains (11%), buses (6%) and vessels (2%). 

Most trips by plane were made for personal reasons (82%), while 18% were made for professional reasons. Almost half of all trips (49%) were for holidays and leisure, 35% to visit family and friends, 12% for business, and 4% for other reasons.

More than half of the 6.4 billion overnight stays for trips made by Europeans in 2017 were made in rental accommodation (55%). Hotels and other establishments that provide services such as daily cleaning account for 32%, while 6% stayed in campsites, and 17% in other types of rentals,

Compared with 2016, the number of tourism trips by EU residents increased by 4%

The highest shares of trips of EU residents within their country (domestic trips) were in Romania (94%), Spain (91%), Portugal (89%), Greece (88%), France (87%) and Bulgaria (86%). For trips abroad (outbound trips) the highest were for residents of Luxembourg (98%), Belgium (80%), Malta (68%) and Slovenia (62%).

The average length of stay during a trip varied from ten nights for residents of Greece (9.9 nights), followed by residents of Luxembourg (7.1), Belgium and the Netherlands (both 6.5), to less than four nights for residents of Latvia and Estonia (both 3.3), Finland (3.4), Hungary (3.6), Denmark (3.8) and Romania (3.9).

The European Union (EU) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

There are no figures here for medical tourism, but the logic is that the travel pattern for medical tourism often mimics the travel pattern for other travel; suggesting that Europeans prefer to travel for health and medical tourism within their own country or within Europe.



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