Hundreds of thousands of people headed abroad in the February half term for winter sun trips to France, Italy and Switzerland, as families made the most of the UK’s welcome relaxation of travel rules that came into force on February 11. Research is showing that families are increasingly keen to enlist the help of a travel professional, which is great news for ABTA members. Those with children under 16 are 50 per cent more likely to book with a travel professional now than before the pandemic, primarily for the security of a package holiday and guidance with Covid-19 travel requirements.
In honour of this, we've dedicated a section of this issue to family holidays, highlighting which destinations have eliminated pre-entry testing requirements and selecting some of the best family holidays for your customers this year. Then, we eat our way around Menorca, exploring why it's been named European Region of Gastronomy 2022, and list some unmissable bucket-list adventures in newly opening Australia and New Zealand.
With world-class museums, incredible scenery and heaps of history and culture, Northern Ireland is a fantastic choice for a British Isles break. Whether you want to explore Titanic Belfast or experience the world's only Game of Thrones Studio Tour, there is something for everyone in this fantastic destination.