Where we spent the bank holiday

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This has been a busy weekend for holidaymakers – at least for those who chose a staycation.

Mallorca was one of the most popular destinations says ABTA. Image – Balearics Tourist Board

Many roads to beaches and attractions on the western side of the UK were busy; the eastern half of the UK fared sores with the weather but still saw lots of visitors.

You wouldn’t have known this if you had just followed the news issued by ABTA.

It said that Majorca and Crete are the two most popular holiday destinations for the weekend closely followed by Croatia, Malta, Rhodes and Cyprus.

Apart from Malta and Croatia which are, respectively on the green and green watch list all the other preferred destinations were on the amber list.

St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall had a busy bank holiday weekend

 Not a word was said about the UK and the numbers of people holidaying in one of the four home countries. But that is because the majority of holidays sold by ABTA members are destinations abroad.

A sure case that if you just followed what one organisation says then you would be misled about knowing which were the main destinations to which people were going.

The homeworker based travel agency consortium, Travel Counsellors did pick up on the staycationers saying that the most recent week has been its busiest with Greece, Spain and the UK being the popular destinations for last summer holidays in 2021.

And for those who opted for staycations, you can probably guess the main places that attracted people. Yes, the south west of England with Cornwall and Devon were popular, with West Wales, (one Pembrokeshire B&B provider told me she was booked every day into November) north Wales and the Gower also being popular. The Dorset and Fylde coastlines were busy as were the national parks.

It looks as those this year’s holiday period has a long tail and will extend well into the Autumn.

Of more interest perhaps to the travel industry was the comment from Travel Counsellors that forward bookings are up to four times higher than pre-pandemic times.

That suggests we are feeling more confident about travelling in the future rather than the cautious approach that was more widespread during the spring and early summer.

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