Increase in overseas holidays planned this year
February 6th, 2010 by elisa

More than half of UK adults intend to take at least one holiday overseas this year, according to a new study. The research from First Rate Exchange Services found that 58% of consumers plan to take at least one foreign break in 2010.

The 18-24 age group is the most likely to travel internationally with 64% planning to go on holiday in 2010. This compares to 54% of 35-44 year olds, many of whom have children to take on holiday with them, may not be able to afford to go abroad this year. However, a quarter of this age group (24%) say they have still to decide where they will holiday this year, and whether it will be overseas.

First Rate managing director Gordon Gourlay said: “It is of course good news for the travel industry that the majority of people intend to take at least one international break this year.

“It appears, however, that in the early part of 2010 there may be greater demand for holidays which appeal to younger age groups, as many families are set to forgo their traditional break or intend to leave it until later in the year to decide whether finances will stretch to a holiday abroad.”

I wonder if this is a trend that the readers of this blog will agree with? Is it mainly the younger demographic who will go abroad this year? Are families more likely to holiday in the UK? The blog on our sister site, Holiday suggests that this may well be the case with a survey by  BDRC Continental indicating that families are at the heart of the UK’s recent ‘Staycation’ boom. Read the full blog here.

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