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UK holidaymakers prefer short-haul destination holidays, says survey

UK holidaymakers prefer short-haul destination holidays post COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to a survey.

Travel company, Trip.com found in a survey of their British customers that bookings for nearer destinations - such as Europe - are two and half times higher than long-haul flights, with only Bangkok making their top ten most popular destinations.

Spain is one of the most popular spots to vacation as three places making the cut, such as Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.

Andy Washington, the website’s Group General Manager said: “As school summer holidays are now upon us, here at Trip.com we have analysed the popularity of destinations among our customers.

“Interestingly, our data shows that the majority of Trip.com customers are travelling to short-haul destinations rather than travelling further afield, while staycations also remain a firm favourite.

“We are really pleased to see the European travel market rebounding from the pandemic so quickly, and look forward to continuing our expansion within the UK and Europe over the coming months.”

Trip.com also say they are experiencing a monthly 10 per cent increase of bookings in their main European markets, implying a good recovery for the travel and tourism industry.

They also found that Friday (22.07.22) is expected to be the busiest day at the airport, which could see a rise in more chaos at the airports due to staff and resource shortages following the destruction by COVID-19 to the sector.

In addition, they found that midweek is the most active time for holiday bookers as between Tuesday and Thursday are thought to be the most common days to search for flights and accommodation. Wednesday tends to have the most amount of searches while Saturday the least.

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