Spain Continues to Be the Most Sought-After Travel Destination among Britons
Spain holidays continue to attract more British tourists than any other global destination, new figures have shown. Package holidays also remain a favorite of Britons - although the offerings have changed dramatically in the last four decades.
Spain holidays are still the number one break of choice for thousands of Britons. Research from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) highlighted the Mediterranean country’s ongoing popularity.
Analysis of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) air travel figures showed nearly over 6,736 visitors flew to Spain in 1994 - roughly 5,000 more than any other country. In 2018, over 13,615 British tourists headed to Spanish destinations - roughly 11,000 more than any other country.
IPS figures also proved how the popularity of other countries has changed over the years. In 1994, Greece came in second most popular place followed by Greece, USA, France and Portugal in the top five.
However, in 2018, Italy was in second place with the remaining top five consisting of Portugal, Greece and France. Some destinations have experienced an enormous tourism boom among Britons.
For instance, UK holidaymaker visits to Mexico in 1994 stood at 18,778 whereas in 2018 visits were up by 3,500 per cent to 676,734.
Moreover, trips to Bulgaria have doubled since 19946 and it looks set to continue to increase its share of visitors – with bookings for summer 2019 up 16 per cent on last year.
ABTA research showed that package holidays continue to dominate the overseas UK holiday market. This comes despite the emergence of other types of travel, with half of the holidays people take each year being package breaks – a figure that has held steady since 2014.
The format of a package holiday has changed dramatically over the decades, however. In the 70s, a package holiday was often sold with the promise of a ‘home-from-home’ – the UK but with better weather.
Nowadays, tour companies offer packages that include tailor-made trips, tours that take people off the beaten track, adventure holidays, river and ocean cruises, well-being breaks and all-inclusive holidays.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “The UK continues to be a nation in love with the foreign holiday as tens of millions of people head abroad each year, with package holidays still dominating a large proportion of the travel market.
Source: Daily and Sunday Express