05 Aug

Most MPs to holiday abroad this summer

ABTA’s Annual MP Holiday Survey reveals MPs' foreign holiday plans

As 14 million UK holidaymakers head overseas for their summer holidays, ABTA research carried out by ComRes has shown that most MPs are likely to have a holiday abroad this summer, with ABTA’s annual MP Holiday Survey finding that two thirds of MPs (66%) are likely to have a holiday abroad.* This compares to 52% of the general public. **

Of the three main parties, Conservative MPs are most likely to take a holiday abroad with almost three quarters (72%) planning a trip this summer, they are followed by nearly two thirds (63%) of Labour MPs. Liberal Democrats are the least likely, with under half (47%) saying that they are likely to have a holiday abroad this summer.

The three party leaders have each made public that they are planning a holiday abroad this summer, with the Prime Minister David Cameron spending his main holiday in Portugal, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visiting family in Spain, and Labour leader Ed Miliband enjoying a holiday in the French countryside.

MPs in Scotland, Northern Ireland and The Midlands are the most likely to spend their holidays overseas this summer with almost four fifths (77%) stating that are likely to have a holiday abroad, they are followed by 74% of London MPs, 64% of MPs from the North and 50% of Welsh MPs. MPs in the south of England are the least likely to holiday abroad this summer according to the survey with under half (48%) planning a trip. 

The survey also revealed that male MPs are more likely than their female counterparts to holiday abroad this summer (67% of men, 60% of women).

ABTA Head of Public Affairs Stephen D’Alfonso said: “Peak holiday season is well and truly upon us and our survey shows that  like many of their constituents, a holiday abroad is a key part of MPs’ summer plans.

“As they enjoy their break, we’d ask them to think about the high level of air passenger duty they and their constituents will have paid on flights, and to push for the Government to scrap or reduce the tax for the benefit of the economy as well as local families.

“Once they come back from their foreign or UK getaways after the summer, ABTA looks forward to working with all MPs to highlight the contribution that travel and tourism makes to jobs and growth and how we can build on this from 2015 onwards.”

*ComRes surveyed 154 MPs between 2nd and 29th July through online and paper self-completion surveys. Data were weighted to be representative of the House of Commons by party and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Data tables can be found at www.comres.co.uk

**Consumer research was conducted by Arkenford Ltd (www.arkenford.co.uk) who specialise in tourism and leisure market research. The ABTA Consumer Trends survey generated response from a nationally representative sample of 2008 consumers using an online research methodology and related to holiday booking habits in the 12 months to August 2013. Fieldwork was conducted in August 2013.

ABTA will be lobbying MPs from all parties in the run up to the next general election, using our ‘Manifesto for Growth and Jobs’. To read more about our priorities for candidates please visit www.abta.com/manifesto