As the House of Commons heads battles it out towards the crucial vote on the Brexit deal, leading online travel agency loveholidays has conducted a survey of 2,000 people in the UK to gauge their view on holidays abroad next year. With many holiday makers yet to book their 2019 summer escape, the survey indicates that they are more likely to consider an all-inclusive holiday due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
With most of us choosing European holiday destinations based on travel time, convenience, price, and familiarity, I can see how the worry of Brexit is causing holidaymakers to reassess their travel choices. The two top concerns about holidays in the EU after Brexit are passport issues and the cost of a holiday. 24% of respondents expressed concern about passports and visas when holidaying in the EU after Brexit and a quarter are thinking about the money in their pocket with currency and exchange rates worries whilst mobile phone charges and queues at passport control are of lesser concern.
I found it interesting that the millennial generation have the most concerns about Brexit, with 25% of 18-34 year olds stating that it will impact their holiday making decision for 2019 with 49% of them considering a non-EU holiday destination. Whilst those 55 and over are far less worried, with only 9% suggesting that Brexit will impact their 2019 holiday decision and they appear to be remaining with European holidays as only just over a third would consider a holiday in a non-EU destination.
Actually, looking at holidays beyond the EU, over 45% of those surveyed would consider a holiday in eastern Mediterranean and north Africa destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco or Egypt. These areas are reporting a strong growth in interest and bookings with many well-known for their wide range of all-inclusive hotels.
According to Google Search Volume, all-inclusive holiday searches to Turkey are up 83% year on year and all-inclusive holidays searches to Egypt are up 20% year on year, I know that I personally have done exactly that! The appeal of all-inclusive holidays is even more popular in the face of Brexit particularly to millennials who are twice as likely to choose an all-inclusive break compared to the over 55’s surveyed.
Christian Armond from loveholidays comments, “With peak booking season for 2019 holidays around the corner, we are anticipating an increase in bookings for all-inclusive holidays. These holidays appeal in the current Brexit climate as there are no hidden extras with the cost of meals and drinks all included!”
To help identify the top all-inclusive hotels based on both Trip Advisor reviews and the number of bookings, loveholidays has created an interactive all-inclusive hotels finder. Simply enter a destination for a list of the best all-inclusive hotels in that area.
The ‘All-Inclusive Hotel Finder’ can be found here.