Survey on holidays and travels

Belgians made nearly a quarter fewer trips in the last quarter of 2021

Households
Belgians made nearly a quarter fewer trips in the last quarter of 2021

In the last quarter of 2021, Belgians made 3.5 million trips, 23% less than in 2019, pre-covid.

The Covid-19-crisis still had a clear impact on the travel behaviour of our fellow Belgians at the end of last year. The number of trips abroad amounted to 2.2 million, 33% less than in the same period of 2019.

The number of domestic trips on the other hand, 1.3 million, was almost at the same level (-1%) as 2 years ago.

For business trips, it is still unclear whether they will be permanently replaced by online meetings. We recorded 160,000 of these trips, a decrease of 62%.

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Number of travels by destination, duration and motif, 2020 (in milliers)

Destination Trips of 1 to 3 nights Trips of 4 nights or more
Holidays Professional trip Total Holidays Professional trip Total
Total 4,350 350 4,700 6,530 160 6,690
European Union 4,250 270 4,520 5,820 110 5,930
Belgium 2,650 60 2,700 1,570 10 1,580
France 640 80 720 1,960 30 2,000
the Netherlands 500 20 520 280 . 280
Germany 190 40 220 230 10 240
Spain 50 10 50 490 10 500
Italia 50 10 60 430 10 450
Other EU 190 70 250 860 20 890
Other European countries 80 30 110 210 20 230
Africa 10 50 50 220 10 230
North-America . . 10 60 10 80
South-America . . . 10 . 10
Asia 10 . 20 180 10 200
Oceania . . . 20 . 20
Statbel (Direction générale Statistique - Statistics Belgium)
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Purpose and brief description

Travelling, whether domestic or international, for business or holiday, is becoming increasingly important in our way of life. This brochure presents the main results of a survey on the travel behaviour of Belgians. Travel habits have been followed since 1997 via a continuous quarterly survey amongst households. You will find here data regarding the duration and the motives of the trip, the destination, the accommodation type, the means of transport used and how the trip has been organised. The traveller's origin is also surveyed.

Population

Inhabitants in Belgium

Data collection method and sample size

Survey technique based on the use of paper questionnaires

Frequency

Annually.

Timing of publication

Results available 6 months after the reference period

Definitions

Number of trips: Trips of the inhabitants with at least one overnight stay. Day trips are also taken into account since 2014.

Duration of the trip: The duration of the trip is measured as the number of nights.

Purpose of the trip: There is only one main purpose for a trip, in the absence of which the trip would not have taken place. The Directive distinguishes two main reasons to travel:(i) business and professional; (ii) holidays, recreation and leisure. Holidays due to 'Visits to friends and relatives' should be included in point (ii).

Traveller: person who travels during the reporting period.

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