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Brits spend £178 billion on holidays in 2016

Despite a number of economic challenges, Brits have still spent £178 billion on holidays in 2016, according to a new survey by Trainline.

The figure spent on holidays by Britain’s equates to £3,418 per head, although the survey revealed Brits had the lowest number of holidays, averaging just 3.1 holidays or short breaks in 2016.

In terms of total spend, Britain came in at number three behind the Italians who spent a massive £308.4 billion and the £300.3 billion total spent by German holidaymakers.

The survey also shows that Brits had the least interest in travelling in their own country, with one in ten (10%) not holidaying at all in Britain, in comparison to 1% of Italians.

Instead, Brits were shown to prefer travelling abroad and joined the majority of Europe in heading to Spain, with almost a third of all age groups saying they visited the country in the past year.

All nationalities, with the exception of the Italians, chose Spain as the number one holiday destination for 2016.

The results indicate that Brits continue to travel for leisure, and, despite economic uncertainty, they are unwilling to give up their holidays or short breaks.

For a large number of leisure travellers from the UK, Italy and France, the main reason for going on a break was to discover somewhere new.

When it comes to activities, Brits preferred to spend time relaxing on the beach (39%) and sightseeing (36%), in comparison to French, German and Italian travellers who were more eager to experience the nature and scenery.

Capital cities were still the main draw, with London being the most visited city in the UK by British travellers, followed by Cornwall, Devon and the Lake District.

For France, Paris was the most popular tourist attraction with 60% of people visiting, whilst for Germany it was Berlin, with almost half the tourists stopping by the capital (48%).

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your single trip travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 01 December 2016

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