Spain remains the top destination for UK holidaymakers

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Spain is still the top holiday destination (iStock.com / pkazmierczak)

New research from ABTA looking back over 40 years of travel has revealed that Spain is still the UK’s favourite holiday destination.

Whilst some things remain the same, analysis carried out by ABTA reveals that how Britons holiday habits have changed dramatically over the years.

Close to 25 million visits were made to Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Greece, Cyprus and Malta compared to just over 13 million in 1994.

Seeing a huge surge in popularity, visitors to Mexico during the same period were up by 3500%.

In 1994, visitor numbers stood at 18,778.

In 2018, an amazing 676,734 UK holidaymakers visited the country with improved aircraft and growth in the airline industry being cited as reasons behind the increase in holidaymakers going on more long-haul holidays to destinations like Mexico.

Another big change in holiday habits, ABTA notes that instead of returning to the same destination multiple times, holidaymakers are instead looking to experience new destinations and cultures whilst aboard.

A sign of the changing times, technology has replaced the suitcase space previously occupied by consumables like teabags and tinned food.

Today, holidaymakers tend to pack the latest technology including cameras, tablets and headphones that help them enjoy their time away.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “The UK continues to be a nation in love with the foreign holiday as tens of millions of people head abroad each year, with package holidays still dominating a large proportion of the travel market.”

“But how we’re holidaying now is quite different compared to the package breaks of the 1970s.”

During the research, ABTA analysed the International Passenger Survey (IPS) air travel figures.

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