Luxembourg says “bon voyage”


 Etienne Delorme (archives)

Tourism: France remains the favourite holiday destination of Grand Duchy residents, while Findel airport and national carrier Luxair have retained top market share rankings, research released this week has shown.

Last year eight out of ten Luxembourg residents took at least one vacation, adding up to nearly 1.4 million leisure trips, the Grand Duchy’s statistics bureau has said.

Only 3% of vacation nights were spent in the Grand Duchy in 2012, and more than nine out of ten tourist travel nights abroad were spent in Europe, according a Statec report issued Monday.

Nearly half of international travel was to a neighbouring country. France was by far the most popular destination country (23% of tourist travel nights), outpacing Germany (15%), Belgium (9%), Spain (8%) and Italy (7%). The UK was the 9th most popular (3% of tourist travel nights).

Outside of Europe, 3% went to Africa, predominantly Tunisia, while around 2% went to North America and 2% to Asia.

In 2012 the average vacation budget was €1,754 per trip and €735 per person.

All together Luxembourg residents spent approximately €1.9 billion, including €376 million in France, €254 million in Spain, €290 million in Germany, €73 million in Belgium and €500 million outside of Europe.

Of those heading to Benelux countries, 78% went by car, while 70% of those heading to France and Germany hit the road, and 59% of leisure travellers to other European countries flew.

Findel handled more than half of tourist flights

Luxembourg’s Findel airport served 58% of tourist passengers last year, followed by Frankfurt Hahn (15%), Charleroi (9%), Frankfurt Main (5%) and Brussels Capital (4%) airports.

Among airlines, Luxair held the largest market share (38%), ahead of Ryanair (34%), Lufthansa (5%), Air France (4%) and British Airways (3%).

The 17th annual study was conducted for Statec by Trier-based market research firm T.I.P. Biehl & Partner, which polled 1,500 randomly selected residents by phone each quarter. Business travel was explicitly excluded from the survey.