Prague, Czech Republic – According to data from the EU’s statistical office, Czechs are the most thrifty and economical population in Europe when it comes to holiday spending.
EU nationals spent €467 billion for holidays last year
According to Eurostat, EU citizens spent, in total, nearly €467 billion in holiday trips last year, mainly on trips outside their home country (56% of the total). Nearly three-quarters of total tourism expenditure (78%) was spent within the EU (either in their home country or in another EU member state).
Three countries account for over half of the EU’s annual holiday expenses: Germans (€129 billion), French (€82 billion) and Brits (€61 billion).
On average, EU citizens spent around €377 per holiday trip – €223 for domestic trips and €812 for outbound trips in a foreign country. The average expenditure per holiday night stood at €75.
Per holiday trip, the biggest spenders and least sparing were citizens from Luxembourg (€769 per trip), Austria (€641) and Malta (€633).
Czechs are the least extravagant spenders while on holiday
On the other hand, Czechs were the ones who spent the least per holiday trip: with a total of over €5 billion spent last year, the average expense per trip stood at only €140, the single lowest in the bloc and nearly three times less than the EU’s average.
According to Eurostat, Czechs spent around €72 for domestic trips and €430 for holidays abroad. All trips included, they spent an average of €34 per night.
Slovaks are Central Europe’s biggest holiday spenders
Interestingly, their Slovak neighbours, the biggest spenders in Central Europe, appear much less cost-conscious, with an average expenditure of €249 per trip (€138 in Slovakia and €454 for outbound trips), or an average of €62 per night – nearly twice as much as Czechs.
Poland and Hungary stand somewhere in-between. With a total tourism expenditure of €12.5 billion, Poles spent an average of €216 per trip.
Hungarians only spent a total of €3 billion for holidays last year, or €161 per trip, slightly more than Czechs but among the lowest in the EU – interestingly, Hungarians are the ones who spend, on average, the smallest amount of money when it comes to foreign trips (only €318 per trip).