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Europeans like to travel but not outside Europe

Staff writer |
In 2012, EU28 residents made 1.2 billion trips of one night or more. Almost half of these trips (48%) were for holidays and leisure.

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35% of trips were for visits to relatives and friends, and the rest for business and other reasons. The average trip length was 5.2 nights. The most common means of transport for trips was private or rented cars (65%),

followed by air planes (15%), trains (12%), buses (6%) and water vessels (2%). Of the number of total trips, 76% were made within the country of residence (domestic trips), while 24% were made outside (outbound trips).

For these outbound trips, the main destination for EU28 residents was clearly Europe (85.4%), then followed Asia (4.5%), Africa (4.1%), North America (3.8%), Central and South America (1.9%) and Oceania (0.4%). More specifically, the top 3 destinations for outbound trips for residents of the EU28 were Spain, France and Italy.

These figures come from an online publication "Tourism trips of Europeans" from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The highest shares of trips of EU residents within their country (domestic trips) were observed in Romania (95%), Spain and Greece (both 92%), Portugal (90%) and France (89%).

On the other hand, the largest proportions of trips abroad (outbound trips) were registered by residents of Luxembourg (97%), Belgium (78%), Malta (60%) and Slovenia (55%).

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