Are fewer of us taking holidays?

By | Category: Travel rumblings
rome a city break destination

Colosseum in Rome. ABTA also says that more of us take city breaks than beach holidays

From their travel trade convention, ABTA has released its Consumer Holiday Trends Report which suggests fewer of us are taking holidays.

Although ABTA members generally sell overseas holidays the survey is based on a sample of all of us so it should reflect our attitudes. But is it really displaying what is happening?

Travel agents and tour operators have been cautious in their view of the way the market has been going all summer but other surveys such as that released by Visit Wales yesterday suggested that in the first six months of this year, there had been an increase of 19% in the number of visits being made to the country. Visit Scotland was also been very upbeat yesterday about its tourism with reports that tourism has been at a record for the first six months. Has it all peaked? And what of England and Ireland?

Croatia and Ireland are two countries which have trumpeted the additional numbers visiting them from the UK so if the numbers holidaying are truly down, then where are we not going to? Which country or destination is hurting?

The number of Brits visiting Greece seems healthy so the big two, Spain and France might be feeling the pinch. I haven’t seen recent figures for Portugal and Italy and certainly Thailand and Egypt are still hurting from unrest in their countries but as for elsewhere?

So I’m not sure I believe the  ABTA figures are revealing the whole story. Are any of your friends non-holiday takers this year?

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