British holidaymakers book well in advance: study
Thursday 24, June 2010
Britain has been described as a “scrupulous nation of Organised Explorers”, as the Brits book their holidays at least three months before departure, according to the latest Expedia Travel Bookings Report.
As per the findings, the nation saved a total of £40million by booking hotel and flight packages on Expedia.co.uk last year.
The report, based on search and booking data across 19 Expedia sites worldwide, provides an insight into the way that different nationalities book and manage their travel.
Mikael Andersson, vice president, Expedia EMEA, said, “The British have proved themselves as a nation of planners, with more than half meticulously securing their holidays well in advance with one in ten even going so far as to pre-book a space in the airport car park! True to form, our German neighbours also take a considered approach, booking well in advance in order to take full advantage of online deals.”
The French and Italians have a more laid-back attitude to buying their breaks, preferring an expensive last minute get-away to spoil themselves.
Other key findings were as follows:
Monday is rush hour with 16 percent of people across the UK logging on each week, particularly between seven and nine o’clock in the evening. Only one in ten (10 percent) wait until the weekend and book on a Saturday, while Sunday is the quietest day for activity on the site. The British opt for value - aiming to get the most luxurious break for the best price. 40 percent of hotel bookings are to a four-star property.
Denmark and Germany share the cost-conscious crown, habitually booking the best deals and spending around 20 percent less than the average Brit on flight and hotel packages.
Brits bag spring breaks
Summer holiday is a bastion of British tradition, with a peak travel time appearing at the end of August - just before the school holidays end. With those opting for a traditional summer break most buy just flights and leave hotel purchase decisions for a later date.
Yet Easter is fast becoming the busiest weekend to travel, with the average length of a holiday for those booking flight and hotel packages being just four days.
In spite of the high Euro in recent times, over half the Top 20 most popular places to book are in Europe and include Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin. This trend is likely to grow with the current improvement in the Euro exchange rate.
UK destinations make up just under a quarter of the top 20 with London, Manchester and Edinburgh all making the list. Long haul locations such as New York, Las Vegas and Singapore make up the remaining quarter of the UK's favourite places to visit.
More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.
With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.
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