Winter holidays are on the rise, according to newly released research, by ABTA today (Friday).
ABTA, The Association of British Travel Agents, show in their new research that almost a third of people are planning to travel abroad this winter.
The statistics show that 29% of people surveyed, plan to take a winter holiday or break this year, with booking numbers having increased by 16% year-on-year.
Proving the most popular form of holiday for people to be taking this winter, going away for winter sun topped the tables at 31%, followed by city breaks (22%), and then UK breaks (14%).
Other breaks people will be taking this winter include ski holidays (9%), cruises (5%), Christmas market breaks (4%), and a trip to see the Northern Lights (4%).
Both the Caribbean and Asia have also seen an increase in winter bookings, with bookings to the Caribbean up 21%, and bookings to Asia up by 17%.
The report states that Cape Verde has also seen a strong growth in winter sun seekers.
36% of people aged between 25 and 34, plan to take a winter holiday this year, making them the most likely age group, with the second most likely being people over the age of 65 years old, at 33%.
Terror hit countries, including Egypt, and Tunisia, have seen a decline in winter tourists, following numerous ‘high profile’ attacks and updates to travel advice issued by the British Foreign Office.
ABTA’s Chief Executive, Mark Tanzer, said on the topic: “It is very encouraging that bookings for the winter season are looking strong. With such a wide range of holiday options available in the winter months, from winter sun to city and ski breaks, it is not surprising that so many people are planning a winter break.”
ABTA’s report can be found here.