UK Travel Trends: Summer 2011

The flight comparison website, Skyscanner, has just released information concerning UK travel trends for this summer based on its flight booking data. The numbers show some perennial favourites holding their own, while other emerging destinations are increasing rapidly in popularity.

This year, Spain remains in first place as the top destination for UK holiday-makers, with the United States holding on to second place again for summer 2011. Italy has risen in popularity to third place, beating out France, which dropped from 4th to 5th place, and edging past Turkey, which held the third place position last summer.

The Balkans fared very well in the rankings this year, apparently due to growing awareness of the numerous attractions and overall value Balkan destinations have on offer. Kosovo shot to #67 on the chart to make its first appearance in the top 100 as Macedonia and Bosnia/Herzegovina also gained rankings in the top 100 for the first time. Bulgaria gained 4 points to land at #12, indicating that these areas of Europe are truly coming into their own as popular destinations for Brits.

The recent “staycation” trend seems to be losing ground as Britain lost two points to end up at #9, possibly indicating that Brits once again have a bit more disposable income available this year. Another indication that there is an upturn in the economy is the fact that some long haul destinations such as Bangladesh and Madagascar made significant progress in the polls this year – Bangladesh gaining 15 points to claim the #81 spot and Madagascar rising 11 points to #86.

Wherever Edinburghers decide to visit this summer, those in the know will make use of the park and fly Edinburgh packages offered by hotels such as the Hilton. Edinburgh park and fly services take all the hassle out of departure, meaning that you’ll arrive in your destination a lot less stressed and ready for your summer adventure.

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