UK holidaymakers not deterred by Brexit

12 Dec 2016

According to TUI Group, Brexit has not discouraged UK holidaymakers. The owner of Thompson Holidays and First Choice said that 20 per cent of next summer’s holidays have already been booked up.

Chief Executive Fritz Joussen said: “It is early days when it comes to summer 2017 – the strong booking months are January and February. The UK is most advanced in opening the new season early, and I don't see any negative impact from Brexit. Demand is very resilient.”

Despite the fall in the pound making overseas holidays more expensive for British tourists, one beneficiary of the cheaper sterling has been the UK's own tourism sector, with Britain being a cheaper destination for foreign tourists.

ForwardKeys, a travel analytics firm, said last month that flight bookings to the UK had risen 7.1 per cent after the vote to leave the European Union, with Caissa Touristic, a tour operator specialising in Chinese travel to Europe, recording a 20 per cent increase in enquiries and bookings for the UK this past summer, compared with the same period last year. Ryanair also said it had seen a rise in overseas visitors travelling to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Scotland.

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