Nearly half reported financial reasons as main obstacle
In 2016, 62% of the EU population (aged 15 or over) made at least one tourism trip for personal purposes. Half (50%) went on at least one domestic tourism trip with at least one overnight stay in 2016 and nearly one third (32%) took at least one trip abroad.
Nearly half (48%) of the Europeans who did not make any trip reported that this was at least partially due to financial reasons. 20% of non-tourists mentioned health problems, while another 20% revealed that they did not want to travel. Other reasons for not taking a tourism trip included work or study commitments, brought up by 16%, while 13% mentioned family commitments. Financial issues are cited as the main obstacle for all age groups, except for those aged 65+ where health reasons are the most frequently mentioned barrier.
This information, extracted from an article published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, shows a selection of data on tourism available at Eurostat.
Financial constraints most frequently mentioned in Greece, Portugal and Croatia
Financial concerns were the most frequently reported reason for not taking a tourism trip in the majority of the Member States. The highest share was observed in Greece (75% of non-tourists), Portugal (66%) and Croatia (62%). Lack of interest or motivation to travel was a common reason in Sweden (60%), Slovakia (57%) and Portugal (53%), followed by Belgium (44%), Austria (38%), Germany and Finland (both 35%). In the Czech Republic (40%) and Germany (39%), health issues were mentioned as the main reason to stay at home. Work or study commitments were most often mentioned in Portugal (31%), Belgium, Germany and Austria (all 25%).