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Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nearly one in 10 Brits fear they'll be treated negatively abroad following leave vote

One in five holidaymakers believe being outside of the EU will make it harder to combat terrorism both abroad and at home in the UK.

And just under one in 10 say they are worried they'll be treated negatively while on holiday following the Brexit vote.

But a survey of 1,091 Brits by Travelzoo, on 28 and 29 June, found 81% said the EU referendum has had no impact on their willingness to travel this summer.

Only 3% plan to cancel their holidays due to concerns about the current value of the pound.

Almost half of UK travellers (47%) have concerns regarding additional holiday costs in the coming months and years, and around a third of respondents fear the cost of travel insurance (31%) and mobile roaming charges (34%) will rise.

Travelzoo is reporting increasing demand for all-inclusive holidays, with 26% of the respondents saying they would be more likely to go all-inclusive 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.

"First and foremost, we need reassurance from those negotiating our exit from the EU that tourism will be a high priority. We have to understand how an independent UK can operate in the European Common Aviation Area, otherwise we'll be living in a world of reduced competition, reduced routes and higher travel prices. Action is needed now.

"From talking to several travel companies, I would also advise booking soon. The fall in the pound will take time to filter through into higher costs for flights and cruises but a sustained lower pound will eventually cause a price hike."

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  • What this shows... just how headline-writers can affect people's perception of a situation. Had the headline been, "Over 90% of Britons believe that Brexit will make no difference to their holiday plans" - what a different immediate impression would have been created in readers' minds. Bearing in mind that many people don't read much beyond the headlines, I find it regretable that this practice is so often indulged in.

    By Richard English, Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Have no fear

    We were on a cruise ship headed for Nice when the vote was announced and other points in Europe after that including Gibraltar. Not one single negative comment or even a mention from anyone either ex-pat or local resident. Fear not and keep travelling!

    By LINDA PARKES, Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Fears unfounded - be more positive

    Over 90% of travellers do NOT expect to be treated negatively after Brexit. Our experience in Greece since the vote shows Greek people in favour - they wish they had a chance to go for Grexit before getting into their current mess. The current GBP to euro exchange rate is better than it was late 2008 to 2013 - and we were in EU then. Not being part of the euro zone helped us to recover from the 2008 crash. Our European Travel Insurance has covered us for trips to Turkey & Morocco & presumably for other non EU countries nearby. Why would being outside increase costs!

    By Sylvia Cook, Thursday, July 7, 2016

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