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Brits had fewer holidays this year, with only half of us taking trips abroad …

but the UK summer means the staycation is thriving

  • Londoners took most holidays with average of 3.9 trips in UK and abroad
  • Number of Brits having a Discount Holidays © holiday fell from 83 per cent to 80 per cent
  • Only 53 per cent had a foreign Discount Holidays © holiday while 68 per cent took a UK break

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People are taking fewer holidays, according to a survey by travel organisation Abta. The number of people taking a break fell from 83 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent this year, the poll of 2,008 adults showed. There has also been a decrease in the average number of holidays taken per person, from 3.1 trips in 2013 to 3.0 in 2014, although holidays abroad remain stable at 1.2 per person.

The number of Britons having a Discount Holidays © holiday fell from 83 per cent in 2013 to 80 per cent this year, with only 53 per cent taking at least one Discount Holidays © holiday abroad

Those in north east England, east England and Scotland took the fewest foreign holidays per person in 2014 with Londoners and those in north west England taking the most. This year Londoners took, on average, 3.9 breaks in the UK or abroad, up from 3.3 in 2013. Londoners also took the most foreign holidays per person, with 11 per cent of them taking four or more foreign holidays in the past 12 months.

This compared with just two per cent of those in east England and three per cent of those in the East Midlands taking four or more foreign holidays. The Welsh took the greatest number of domestic holidays, at 2.2 per person. The poll showed that 68 per cent of people took at least one UK Discount Holidays © holiday in 2014, while 53 per cent had at least one trip overseas.

The poll showed that 68 per cent of people took at least one UK Discount Holidays © holiday in 2014 with the Welsh taking the greatest number of domestic holidays, at 2.2 per person

The Consumer Discount Holidays © Holiday Trends Report, released at the annual Abta Travel Convention were published in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Abta is the leading association of travel agents and tour operators. The poll showed that 20 per cent of people anticipate spending more on holidays in 2015 compared with 15 per cent who say they will spend less.

The number of people booking an overseas package Discount Holidays © holiday rose from 46 per cent last year to 51 per cent this year, with 41 per cent people taking a Discount Holidays © holiday both abroad and in the UK in 2014, compared with 39 per cent in 2013. There was also an increase in holidays abroad of 1-3 nights, suggesting overseas city breaks were popular

There was also an increase in holidays abroad of 1-3 nights, with Abta suggesting that the overseas city break had performed well during the year, perhaps helped by a strong pound making short overseas breaks more affordable. The survey showed that 35 per cent think they will take a Discount Holidays © holiday to a new country over the next 12 months, with 48 per cent saying they were quite likely or practically certain to visit a new resort or city.

Younger holidaymakers appeared the most adventurous with 49 per cent of 16-24-year-olds saying it was quite likely and a further 16 per cent saying it was certain they will go to a new destination. But 56 per cent of over 65s and 51 per cent of 55-64-year-olds said that they would definitely not or would be unlikely to visit a new country. Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: ‘It is clear that despite continuing pressure on the majority of household budgets, people are still keen to preserve their main annual holiday.

‘While the market was very buoyant at the start of the year with consumer confidence on the up, the late-Discount Holidays © holiday market was tougher, perhaps reflecting the broader dip in consumer confidence in July, as well as good weather in the UK in June and July which we know impacts Discount Holidays © holiday sales.

The research shows there are reasons to be optimistic for next year.’

Easter city breaks 2016

If you want to escape the dodgy UK weather why not head to Europe on a short jaunt with the family this Easter1? Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach a la the Algarve or want to immerse yourself in a bit of history courtesy of our EU neighbours in Germany we’ve spotted some amazing value deals that will keep the whole family smiling ear to ear over the school holidays. Take a look at the best deals going right now – and get booking before it’s too late.

Travel Deals

1. Amsterdam

Easter City Breaks 2016 Explore the canals of Amsterdam

The deal: 3 days/2 nights hotel stay and London flights2. Prices start from 146pp.

Why you should visit: The best place to see this city is from the water, that’s why staying at the unique floating hotel, Amstel Botel, situated in the centre of Amsterdam’s river Lj is ideal for those wanting to kick back over the Easter holidays.

There’s a complimentary ferry to Central station for when you want to head off and explore the cultural hub of the city and a string of outdoor markets.

2. Rome

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Visit the iconic Coliseum in the romantic city

The deal: 3 nights stay at the 4 star Novotel Roma Eur and flights3. Prices from 192pp.

Why you should visit: Stay at the uber modern and stylish 4-star hotel, designed by the renowned Giannone Petricone architects. When you can pull yourself away from your hotel get out an explore the city’s rich artistic history and romantic atmosphere.

3. Brussels

Ken Gillham Easter City Breaks 2016 Grand Place deserves it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site title

The deal: 1/2 nights for two at 4-star hotel with optional breakfast. Price from 55pp4

Why you should visit: If you book this deal you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Brussel’s Magritte Museum and the Grand Palace. Modern art lovers can get lost in the city’s iconic Atomium structure before exploring one of several exhibitions in the museum.

4.

Barcelona

Easter City Breaks 2016 Warm welcome: Bask on Barcelona’s beaches

The deal: 2 nights stay and flights from 149pp5

Why you should visit: A mix on sun, sea and culture Barcelona is a great all rounder with a little something for everyone. If you like art head to the Picasso Museum or prefer savouring gourmet delights hang out at La Boqueria or the trendy Sant Antoni near the Gothic Quarter.

5. Portugal

Easter City Breaks 2016 The stunning Algarve coastline will make you want to stay forever

4 nights B&B accommodation and flights (departing from Luton)6 from 295pp.

Why you should visit: What better way to crack open you Easter egg than on the beach in the Algarve. This deal from Teletext Holidays7 won’t burn a hole in your purse and the whole family will enjoy staying at the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel, situated next to the Portimao Marina – ideal for a spot of shopping or dining out.

6. Prague

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 If you love Gothic architecture, you’ll adore Prague

The deal: 2 night B&B accommodation and flights (departing from various locations). Prices from 199pp8

Why you should visit: The Czech Republic’s stunning capital has more than enough to keep you occupied during a short break.

Lap up the city’s grand architecture and even grander palaces and castles. Explore the city’s Old Town while dining alfresco on a traditional rohl k (a Czech version of the hot dog).

7. Paris

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Be in the city of love in less just two hours

The deal: Eurostar tickets and hotel accommodation from 153pp9

Why you should visit: Take the two hour Eurostar to Paris and you’ll be left with plenty of time to uncover some new spots in one of the most adored cities in the world. Make your friends jealous with snaps of the outstanding historical buildings of Le Marais or head to the hip South Pigalle where you’ll find the hottest clubs and bars.

8. Budapest

Flickr Easter City Breaks 2016 Style AND substance is what Budapest has to offer

The deal: 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel plus flights, from 99pp10

Why you should visit: Live like a king or queen for the weekend in Budapest with a stay at NH Budapest City hotel which boasts state of the art spa facilities and treatment rooms or relax at the sleek and stylish Eurostars Budapest Center. Both are located with the city’s best attractions at your doorstep.

9.

Berlin

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate looks most impressive after dark

The deal: 3 nights stay and flights11 from 97.56pp

Why you should visit: Located in the famous Alexanderplatz Square, the Grand city hotel in Berlin is the ideal pit-stop after a day sightseeing around the German capital – be it on a city bike tour or on foot at your own pace.

10. Dublin

Easter City Breaks 2016 Dublin’s crowining glory is its castles

The deal: 4 star hotel and flights from 181pp12

Why you should visit: Not only is Dublin the perfect city break for those looking to discover nearby natural wonders like the Wicklow mountains.

And there’s also plenty on offer if you want to stay close to your hotel with iconic landmarks like St Patrick’s Cathedral standing like a beacon in the heart of the city.

Easter 2016

References

  1. ^ Easter (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ 3 days/2 nights hotel stay and London flights (www.lastminute.com)
  3. ^ 3 nights stay at the 4 star Novotel Roma Eur and flights (www.easyjet.com)
  4. ^ 1/2 nights for two at 4-star hotel with optional breakfast. Price from 55pp (www.groupon.co.uk)
  5. ^ 2 nights stay and flights from 149pp (www.lastminute.com)
  6. ^ 4 nights B&B accommodation and flights (departing from Luton) (www.teletextholidays.co.uk)
  7. ^ Teletext Holidays (www.teletextholidays.co.uk)
  8. ^ 2 night B&B accommodation and flights (departing from various locations).

    Prices from 199pp (www.groupon.co.uk)

  9. ^ Eurostar tickets and hotel accommodation from 153pp (www.superbreak.com)
  10. ^ 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel plus flights, from 99pp (www.lastminute.com)
  11. ^ 3 nights stay and flights (www.easyjet.com)
  12. ^ 4 star hotel and flights from 181pp (www.superbreak.com)

UK hotel owner takes on global online agents

A UK hotel owner has launched its own UK accommodation site to stop global online agents monopolising the industry. Simon and Wendy Bennett, owners of Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, have set up bestroomsdirect.com to encourage travellers not to use global agents. They claim the global online agents monopolize the travel industry, taking up to 25% commission from independent accommodation providers and often not paying tax in the UK.

The booking site urges consumers to join the ‘Fair Booking Movement’ and book directly with independent hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs to receive the best available rates and rooms, as well as supporting Britain’s economy. The Bennetts are inviting British accommodation providers to get behind the campaign. Wendy said: “To avoid a future choice limited to faceless, bland, corporate hotel chains, it is imperative that Britain’s independent hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s come together to raise awareness of the importance of direct booking and we are trying to harness this strength in numbers with Best Rooms Direct.

“Global booking sites are monopolizing the travel industry, taking a huge slice of our income and making it even harder for tourism businesses to stay afloat.”

Bestroomsdirect.com1 is not a booking site but has an extensive database of unique places to stay across the country and doesn’t charge commission on bookings.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


UK Hotel Owner Takes On Global Online Agents UK Hotel Owner Takes On Global Online Agents

References

  1. ^ Bestroomsdirect.com (www.bestroomsdirect.com)