ABTA – The Travel Association, today released its Travel Trends Report 2013, developed in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, predicting that consumers will continue to look for good value in breaks in 2013 rather than cut back on their holidays. While the mid-market is expected to continue to feel the squeeze, tailor-made packages, luxury holidays and all-inclusive breaks, are expected to be popular.
Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “The early indications are that forward bookings for 2013 are looking positive despite a continued squeeze on household budgets. The majority of British holidaymakers are reluctant to give up their annual holiday even in tougher economic times. In particular, we are seeing strong forward bookings for the luxury and all-inclusive sectors, which have both done well in recent years. We are also seeing an increase in demand for tailor-made holidays as consumers look for greater flexibility but with all the security of a package.”
Some key trends ABTA has identified:
In the report ABTA has also identified its “destinations to watch” 2013. A mixture of long, mid and short haul destinations, they give a taste of both holiday favourites and emerging destinations, including: Ecuador, Ethiopia, New Zealand, and Tunisia.
Country-specific travel advice has been provided by the FCO to ensure Brits travelling abroad next year remain safe.
Lynda St Cooke from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “With increased pressure on the purse strings it’s easy to find yourself cutting corners in a bid to save time and money. However, each year, FCO staff based overseas meet British holidaymakers involved in incidents abroad who wish they had taken a few extra minutes to read up on their destination, take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy and make the necessary health preparations before travelling.
“Consular staff will do all they can to help but we can’t pay medical bills, lend money or interfere in another country’s legal system. The majority of people who travel abroad have a trouble-free trip but things can and do go wrong and taking time to prepare before you go can help ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime.”