While Brexit negotiations continue to hang in the balance, a survey of over 1,400 Brits, conducted for boutique hotel group Point A Hotels, has shown that the majority of the British public are not going to let Brexit stop their holiday plans in 2019.
According to the research, nearly two-thirds of Brits have said that their travel plans remain unaffected. Even with warnings, suggesting that travel disruptions lie ahead for many UK passport holders, as well as concerns over airline operations, 60% of respondents noted intentions to take two or more holidays within Europe in 2019 and 57% of resilient Brits claimed that Brexit has had no impact on their holiday plans.
Despite a preference for continued travel to EU countries, nearly one in three British travellers surveyed said that they are more likely to take a holiday in the UK in 2019. In terms of British holidays, over three-quarters of Brits chose ‘city breaks’ as their favourite UK holiday followed by trips to the seaside. Furthermore, VisitBritain reported that the top UK cities for domestic visitors are London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
“Brits aren’t losing their staunch mentality”
“It’s great to see that Brits aren’t losing their staunch mentality when it comes to taking a break from their everyday lives. We have already seen a strong start to 2019 bookings and with our two new hotel openings in Edinburgh and Kensington this year, we hope to welcome even more Brits for their UK city break this year,” said Nic Wenn, managing director, Point A Hotels.
The cost of overseas trips was noted as the main reason to favour the UK by one in four of respondents. For those travelling outside the UK, the biggest concern that Brits have is with regards to the potential negative impact of Brexit on exchange rates, with three out of every five Brits stating it as their main worry.
The survey of 1,490 respondents was conducted by Koozai on behalf of Point A hotels between 11 – 31 January 2019, with the objective of understanding more about the impact of Brexit on holidaymakers’ travel plans. The survey was distributed by email and social media, in line with GDPR regulations.