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Household expenditure for tourism and recreation

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2001

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Tourism Tourism (Primary theme)

DPSIR: Driving force


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Policy issue:  What causes the growth in tourism?

Key messages

  • Demand for tourism is growing as people become more affluent, more people retire, and travel becomes relatively less expensive.


Key assessment

Household expenditure on recreational, entertainment, educational, and cultural services, which includes tourism, increased by 16% between 1990 and 1997. This share is expected to grow as the EU's retired population both grows in number and, thanks to medical advances, remains healthy and active.

Many people are also getting more holiday time, and they are taking it. Vacation time in Denmark, for example, increased from 5 weeks to 5.5 weeks during the 1990s, while the growth in short breaks in the Netherlands grew twice as fast as long vacations. The same trend was also seen in France, where the average number of trips per person increased from 3.1 in 1975 to 4.8 in 1994, while the average length of each holiday fell from 18 to 13 days.

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