Leisure Trips Among Luxembourg Residents Up 36% from Summer 2019



Credit: STATEC

According to a recent tourism survey by STATEC, Luxembourg residents have resumed their pre-pandemic travel habits; leisure trips had even increased by 36% in summer 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

In summer 2022, Luxembourg residents made 916,000 leisure trips, i.e. 1.7 trips per resident, which corresponds to an increase of 36% compared to summer 2019 – the last reference summer period before the decline in tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air travel and trips to distant destinations returned to or even exceeded their pre-crisis level during the summer of 2022.

In summer 2020, due to the pandemic, residents travelled less for leisure (down 24%), instead opting to visit family and friends (up 7%). Tourism picked up again in 2021, noted STATEC. Whilst the number of holidays returned to their 2019 level, visits to family and friends increased further and exceeded the level observed in 2019 by 32%. To return to a “normal” situation, all that was missing, according to STATEC, was for air travel to distant destinations to pick up again. This is what happened in summer 2022. Some destinations may not yet have regained their former appeal, but the results of the STATEC tourism survey has shown that air travel among residents increased by 17% compared to summer 2019. Air travel had¬†fallen sharply (down 45%) in 2020 following the various health restrictions put in place. Travel by car represented 67% of trips. Air travel resumed gradually in 2021, although it was not until last summer that a large number of residents returned to airports.

The main travel destinations were Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy. STATEC added that holidays outside Europe returned to their pre-crisis level within two years. Stays in Luxembourg have increased sharply since the health crisis, before which

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