Saturday, 16 July 2016

UK travel plans unchanged by Brexit vote – Travelzoo

THE UK – or at least England and Wales – voted to leave the European Union, but research suggests the impact on Britons travelling this summer will be minimal, as only 3% of them now plan to cancel due to concerns about the current value of the pound.

Global travel deals publisher Travelzoo conducted its June Travel Trends survey in the days just after the vote, and the results indicate that 37% of Britons are heading to the continent this year, with Spain and France emerging as the most popular destinations. The US is also proving popular, and is the highest ranked destination outside Europe. This news comes in spite of the pound’s instability against the dollar.

The increasing popularity of long-haul travel in general seems unaffected by the Brexit vote – Australia and Canada also made the top-10 list, joining destinations closer to home, such as Portugal, Greece, Italy and Cyprus.

Travelzoo is also reporting increasing demand for all-inclusive holidays, with more than a quarter (26%) saying they would be more likely to opt for one this year.

Joel Brandon-Bravo, UK managing director of Travelzoo said: ‘The stoic British spirit has prevailed and it’s incredibly positive to see people still pushing ahead with their holiday plans. However, for this to continue, we urge the UK government to act quickly to resolve uncertainties around visa restrictions and other possible changes impacting travel.

‘If they react slowly, and tourism is pushed down the list of priorities, British holidaymakers could be facing more expensive overseas holidays, and consequently we could see a dip in travel.’

Despite the vote to leave the EU last month, fewer than one in 10 (9%) are worried they’ll be treated negatively while on holiday, and over four-fifths (81%) said that the EU referendum has had no impact on their willingness to travel this summer.

When asked about how they feel about safety now we have voted to leave the EU, 21% said they believed being outside will make it harder to combat terrorism both abroad and at home in the UK.

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