Brits by the Millions Booking Winter Sun Holidays. The peak holiday booking season by British travelers that takes place in January has passed. Brexit—the departure of the UK from the European Union, which had been hanging over the travel and tourism industry, it seemed, like the Sword of Damocles—is a reality. Also, data from a new survey conducted by ABTA shows that it is indeed true that Brits are not about to give up their holidays—including their winter holidays, for those who take them.
More than six million Brits have And, as usual, Orlando remains the top long-haul holiday sunny destination.
Some selected points noted in the ABTA survey:
—Overall, more than two-fifths (44 percent) of people have taken, or are considering taking, a winter holiday this season.
—Nearly six million people have sought, or are planning to seek, warmer climes this winter.
—The Canary Islands remain the top destination for British tourists looking for sunnier weather, with Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria experiencing strong bookings.
—Dubai and Egypt are proving popular mid-haul choices, and southern Turkey is opening up with more flights to Antalya and Dalaman throughout the winter season.
—Orlando, Cape Town, Mexico and the Caribbean (whether for a cruise or a visit to a destination), including Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia, are the long-haul destination favorites.
—Winter sun seekers are also investigating destinations such as Morocco, Cyprus and the Algarve..
—As for the winter sun destinations are the most preferred option (25 percent), the second most popular trip is a city break (21 percent), with 25 to 34-year-olds being the most likely to take one (28 percent).
The Package is Alive and Well
—Package holidays continue to dominate the overseas UK holiday market; indeed, half of the holidays people take each year are package breaks—a figure that has held steady since 2014.
—Also, more than half of holidaymakers (51 percent) say they have booked a package because it was the best option for the price.