In the corona year 2020, Belgians made 11.4 million trips, a decrease of just under 50% compared to 2019.
Belgians travelled not only less, but also less far: the average distance of a trip, 720 km, was over 300 km shorter than in previous years. In 2020, 72% travelled by car and only 18% by plane, whereas in previous years the figure was around 60% for the car and 30% for the plane.
Less than half of the fellow Belgians (46%) made a trip with at least one overnight stay. In 2019, this figure was still 70%. 34% took a trip abroad (64% in 2019).
The main reason for not travelling was the government's recommendations: 57% of the countrymen who stayed at home gave this as the main reason for not travelling. Financial reasons were important for some population groups: single-parent families (47%) and unemployed people (40%) stayed at home for lack of money.
The number of trips abroad in 2020 was 59% lower than in the previous year and the number of overnight stays halved. Domestic trips decreased by 20%, but the number of overnight stays in our country only decreased by 6.5%. In the Ardennes in particular, the number of overnight stays was 30% higher than in 2019 (5.9 million): people clearly opted more for longer trips in the south of the country.
Belgians also spent a lot less than in 2019: the average expenditure per trip decreased by 150 euros, which is 26.3% less than the year before. Belgians spent about 24% of the budget on transport costs, almost 41% on accommodation expenses and about 24% on meals. About 10% other expenses complete the picture.
The average expenditure per day was even 33% lower than in 2019; Belgians spent €28 less per day.
|Number of trips (in millions)||19.6||18.6||20.5||22.7||11.4|
|Number of overnight stays (in millions)||136.6||123.6||147.4||152.7||84.0|
|Number of domestic trips (in millions)||3.8||4.0||4.9||5.4||4.3|
|Number of domestic overnight stays (in millions)||15.5||13.7||19.9||18.6||17.4|
|Number of trips abroad (in millions)||15.8||14.6||15.6||17.3||7.1|
|Number of overnight stays abroad (in millions)||121.2||109.9||127.4||134.1||66.5|
|Share of car||59.4%||58.5%||59.0%||58.8%||71.9%|
|Share of aeroplane||28.8%||30.8%||29.3%||29.8%||17.8%|
|Share of other means of transportation||11.8%||10.6%||11.7%||11.4%||10.2%|
|Average expenditure per trip (€)||590||540||550||570||420|
|Average expenditure per day (€)||85||81||76||84||56|
|average distance (km)||1,020||1,030||1,040||1,050||720|
|participation rate (abroad)||-||58.9%||61.4%||63.9%||33.9%|