Angela Mayall, from Designer Travel, looks at travel tends for 2016.
BY THE time this is printed I will have survived Mad January (as I call it) which is typically the busiest month of the year in travel – and this year was no exception!
Early indications from the industry show the number of overseas holidays booked to date are up 9 per cent year-on-year.
Currently the outlook for 2016 is cautiously positive; economic recovery seems set to continue and almost a quarter of the population are expecting to spend more on their holidays in 2016.
This up slightly from the 20 per cent of people who said the same this time last year, according to ABTA research.
Tried and trusted destinations look set to benefit and it is likely Spain will be 2016’s top destination, with bookings already tracking well ahead of 2015.
Likewise, other European destinations like Portugal and Italy are seeing healthy numbers and are also benefiting from a strong pound bringing down the cost of day-to-day expenses for British holidaymakers.
Moving away from Europe, bookings to Cuba, Cape Verde, Thailand, Jamaica, Barbados, Mauritius and the UAE are looking strong.
City breaks and beach holidays are set to go head-to-head once again as the top holiday choices and the cruise industry is up slightly from predictions last year.
There are so many offers, with everything from free nights, early booking discounts and complementary dining plans available at the minute, that it can be mind blowing.
My advice is to always speak to a good travel agent who can filter out the best deals to suit your requirements and give you the valuable first hand knowledge and advice you require when purchasing something so important.
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