Popular outbound holiday destinations of Belgian tourists 2018

As of 2018, France was the most popular holiday destination for Belgian tourists. Approximately five million holidays were spent in France by tourists from Belgium, whereas nearly 1.8 million and 1.6 million holidays had Spain and the Netherlands as a destination for vacation purposes, respectively. Observing the activities planned during summer holidays in 2019, a survey on vacation behavior indicated that 54 percent of the respondents planned relaxing time, whereas roughly 40 percent mentioned discovering new cultures as an activity during the summer holidays.

Tours more popular than mountains during summer holidays

According to a survey on holiday behavior in 2019, tours were more popular than city trips, countryside vacations, and mountains. Indeed, 25 percent of the respondents indicated the preference for tours, whereas the share of respondents that said they preferred to spend the summer holidays in the mountains amounted to 21 percent.

Most summer holidays booked in January

In 2019, most of the holidays that were spent during the summer months were booked in January. 20 percent of the respondents indicated to have booked their summer vacations in the first month of the year, whereas approximately 15 and ten percent did so in February and March, respectively. When considering expenditure, the total average budget for summer holidays decreased slightly in 2019. The average available budget amounted to approximately 2,242 euros, a decrease of 76 euros compared to the previous year.

Popular outbound holiday destinations of Belgian tourists in 2018 (in 1,000s)*

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July 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Numbers include both short-haul and long-haul holidays.

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