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Monday 23 October 2017

Why we're not so exotic in our holiday tastes

SURVEY: Brits travelling further afield than the Irish

IRISH holidaymakers are less exotic in their tastes than their counterparts in the UK, new figures reveal.

Britain's travel association ABTA said today that traditional destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece were now being shunned.

They now account for less than half the package holidays fromthe UK, with tourists hitting far flung destinations.

And in these recessionary times they're opting for all-inclusive breaks to ensure that their holiday spending goes further. "Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia are the heartlands of the all-inclusive holiday," said ABTA managing director Sarah Smalley.

But the latest snapshop of Irish tastes and trends -- released recently by the AA -- shows we're sticklers for tradition with Spain our most popular foreign destination.



STAYCATIONS

More than 14pc of respondents to the survey headed there this year, with the UK and France next, with a 9.3pc share each.

Italy and Portugal were the fourth and fifth most popular destinations, attracting 5pc and 5.2pc of Irish holidaymakers respectively. The Irish survey also showed that one in four were opting for staycations.

The lure of the Costas is waning among the British, though. While three out of 10 package holidays sold are to Spain, the figure represents a slide of 10pc year on year. Greece has been overtaken by Turkey, while Egypt is now level with Cyprus.

Irish and British tourists agree on one thing: they love cruises. The number of British travellers taking one next year is set to rise by 130,000, while it's seen as one of the stronger areas in the gloomy Irish market.

mevans@herald.ie

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