Europeans Stay Close to Home when on Holiday

The vast majority of European travellers (about 85%) prefer to stay close to home when on holiday, a World Economic Forum report says.

In 2015, on average, only 15.4% of all tourism nights of EU residents were spent in non-EU countries.

And 85% of all Europeans’ holiday days were spent within the region. In fact Europeans who went to another part of their country for their holidays make up the biggest proportion of all.

The beaches of the Canary Islands, Paris and its surrounds, and Spain’s Catalonia, encompassing Barcelona, are the top choices of European tourists.

Spain, Italy and France are the most popular countries to visit. Tourists spent a total of 94 million nights in 2015 in Spain’s Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Catalonia amassed 75.5 million tourist nights, meanwhile the Balearic Islands, including Majorca and Ibiza, clocked up 65.2 million nights.

France claimed three spots in the top 10 destinations, with Ile-de-France, including Paris, taking second place with 76.8 million nights. Also popular were Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (54.6 million nights) and Rhône-Alpes (48.7 million nights).

For Europeans travelling outside the continent, the United States and Turkey were the biggest attractions, accounting for 13.8% and 10.4% of the nights spent respectively.

Europeans spent an average of 85 euros a night in another EU country, ranging from 46 euros in Slovakia to 129 euros in Estonia.

However, four in 10 Europeans didn’t take any trips at all, with half of them citing financial reasons as the cause for staying at home.