If it’s safe, we’ll holiday there

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the Uk is the preferred holiday destination according to Travelzoo. Bournemouth will be one of those destinations hoping Travelzoo is correct.

The UK is the preferred holiday destination according to Travelzoo. Bournemouth will be one of those destinations hoping Travelzoo is correct.

This seems to be the attitude of British holidaymakers at the moment say Travelzoo, releasing their latest research into our holiday habits.

It suggests the majority of British people (82%) are still planning to go on one or more holidays this year but that more than two thirds (71%) are now choosing where to go based on how safe they feel the destination is. According to the company, safety has become the most important factor in travel decisions, ahead of the affordability (52%) and good weather (42%).

Usually, if you ask people about safety, it always comes close to the top of concerns. If you don’t mention the word “safety” holidaymakers rarely mention it. This research indicates that the recent terrorism activity has brought it to the fore in people’s minds.

The UK (27%) has been revealed as the most popular choice of destination for 2016, beating Spain (21%) into second place, and France (10%) into third. The USA and Italy are in equal fourth place, while the top 10 also includes long-haul destinations such as Canada, Australia and the Caribbean.

The research will please Egyptian and Tunisian tourist officials.  A number of respondents said their destination choice was impacted by existing travel restrictions – 11% of respondents said if bans to Sharm el Sheikh or Tunisia were lifted they’d travel there immediately, while overall 43% would be willing to travel there at some point in the near future.

Travelzoo also said that prices are higher to the Western Mediterranean than previous years and availability is undoubtedly lower – as both Just about Travel and Travelzoo predicted earlier in the year. At the other end some of the best deals can be had to Egypt, Morocco and Turkey.

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