And, in some quarters, it didn’t disappoint. EasyJet Holidays reported its strongest sales day since 2019; Responsible Travel saw a 21 per cent increase in bookings compared to pre-Covid figures. Spurred on by a grey, rainy January, travel restrictions being dropped for the foreseeable in the vast majority of countries across the globe, and pent-up demand after three years in which many Brits didn’t manage to secure a getaway, prospective holidaymakers booked in their droves.
Some of them even jumped the gun on the projected “most popular” bookings day – Macs Adventure, a UK tour operator offering self-guided trips, reported its biggest sales day in its 20-year history on Friday 6 January.
But which destinations are proving most popular for itchy-footed Brits?
For Tui, the UK’s biggest tour operator, the answer was Spain, Greece and Turkey. Web search data from 7 January also shows that Cape Verde was the beach destination that saw the biggest surge in interest, while Dubai and Amsterdam were top for city destinations; all of their search stats were significantly up over the weekend.
EasyJet Holidays, meanwhile, saw Spanish islands leading the pack, with Tenerife, Palma and Lanzarote the most popular beach destinations booked. Amsterdam, Paris and Iceland were the most-booked city break destinations. All-inclusive getaways were customers’ holiday of choice, accounting for more than 50 per cent of beach breaks. And when it came to timing, June was the busiest month for beach bookings, while March was the leading month for urban escapes. Compared to 2022, Cyprus saw the biggest jump in bookings.
“We know that as January sets in people like to book a holiday to look forward to, so we’re really excited to have seen our best sales day since we launched our business back in 2019,” said Garry Wilson, easyJet holidays CEO.
“With the cost of living still very much at the top of the agenda, what we’re seeing is that people are still prioritising holidays. We expect demand will continue with great value playing a more key role than ever, so we’re absolutely committed to continuing to offer brilliant holidays at unbeatable…