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More than a million Brits head abroad for hen and stag parties

Hen PartyMore than one million Brits are set to fly overseas this year to celebrate a stag or hen party, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

ABTA focused on popular locations both within the UK and overseas, with Newcastle and Prague the top destinations for stags while hens preferred London and Marbella.

These parties are unsurprisingly most popular among those aged 25-34, with stag and hen parties a major reason behind rising numbers of British travellers venturing overseas.

Television shows impact holiday locations

The research found that hens are more likely to hold celebrations at home while stags make up the majority of people travelling abroad. Moreover, with the number of people choosing to get married on the increase – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the number of Brits going abroad for hen and stag parties is also expected to rise.

According to the survey of ABTA members, the television show Geordie Shore has led to Newcastle being popular for stags. Likewise TOWIE has had an effect on the number of hen parties heading to Marbella.

The research found that the top five holiday spots to attract stags were:

  1. Prague
  2. Barcelona
  3. Benidorm
  4. Budapest
  5. Riga

While the top five destinations for the hens were:

  1. Marbella
  2. Barcelona
  3. Benidorm
  4. Dublin
  5. Amsterdam

The survey also highlighted that stags are more likely to spend cash abroad while hens are constantly on the look-out for a budget experience. The stag parties tend to be made up of a larger group of men who are simply looking to enjoy themselves, whereas their female counterparts will spend longer researching their location of choice and budgeting where necessary.

Victoria Bacon, ABTA Head of Brand and Business Development, explained that the number of stag and hen parties heading abroad has dramatically increased and that numbers are expected to keep rising.

If you’re planning on jetting off on a stag or hen party, remember to book your short-haul travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 05 June 2015

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