Published on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Three million Brits set to book a holiday this week

The big freeze is set to spur three million people to book their holiday in the next seven days, with more people expected to travel to the US in 2018 than they did last year.

Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show Spain remains the top holiday destination for next year, while the US is second on the list. Italy, which was the number-two destination in 2017, has dropped one place.

Greece and France remain fourth and fifth. Portugal, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and Cyprus make up the remainder of the top-10.

Despite the weakness of the pound driving up costs, the popularity of the US is stronger than ever with over a million more people looking to travel across the pond in 2018 than 2017.

The London bubble sees those from the capital bucking the trend when it comes to travel—only 7% of those that live in London see Spain as their next holiday, compared to the national average of just under a quarter (23%). 

However, over half of holidaymakers don't consider ATOL protection as important. Research shows 43% see ATOL as a 'holiday essential' and the CAA says the figures shows there is still a need for consumer education.

CAA consumers and markets director Richard Moriarty said: "With more consumers than ever using the period between Christmas and New Year to book trips abroad, we want to make sure as many people as possible understand the benefits of the ATOL scheme."

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  • Ah but.....

    Short sighted it may be, but the challenge is if Monarch passengers could be repatriated without ATOL cover, then the whole system is devalued, even though the CAA returned everyone safely. The public would have been more aware of the Monarch failure than any other, so the perception could be that it doesn't matter whether you are covered by an ATOL or not. The current system is neither satisfactory nor easily understood, but then it never has been.

    By Ken McLeod, Thursday, December 28, 2017

  • Short-Sighted

    Those who don't see ATOL as important, probably don't take travel insurance either. With all the failures in just the past year alone should focus people's attention as it certainly won't be the last. Such short-sightedness just beggars belief!

    By Keith Standen, Thursday, December 28, 2017

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