16 February 2005
BRUSSELS – One in ten Belgians have booked a short holiday via the internet, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The survey by online pollsters InSites was based on a representative sample of 1,000 internet users.
When the results are extrapolated to cover the entire Belgian population of roughly 10 million they show that 1.3 million people booked a short break online in 2004.
City breaks were the most often booked, especially by 18 to 34-year-olds, but also by surfers over 45 years old.
In 2004, 42 percent of the web bookings among those surveyed were trips to foreign cities.
Some 11 percent were to Belgian towns; 17 percent were trips to the countryside and 11 percent were bookings for residential parks.
In addition, the study revealed that one in every five internet tourists buys plane tickets using the websites of low tariff airlines.
The survey also showed that the web is favoured more for information when it comes to short trips than for long holidays.
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Subject: Belgian news