When the going gets cold, the cold get going. As they say. The trend of British “staycations” seems to be on the wane as the economy picks up and citizens are looking to flee the frigid weather. According to the Daily Mail, 67% are planning at least one vacation in their home country in 2011, compared to 73% this year. 36% of those surveyed are intending to spend more money in 2011 on holidays as they did in 2010.
The survey was conducted by TripAdvisor. Spokesperson for the company, Emma O’Boyle said:
Overall, 2011 looks more positive for both travellers and the travel industry. Britons intend to travel more often and will spend more money doing so, but will proceed with caution as the industry emerges slowly from a very difficult year.
However, they did still find some concern among potential travelers. 31% are fearful that a strike could ruin their travel plans and 28% expressed concern about the effects of the rise in Air Passenger Duty. Iceland’s volcanic eruption earlier this year is also clearly still on their minds as a return of a volcanic ash cloud was also a cause for concern, as is travel companies going into administration.
Another disturbing trend: only 10% are intending on taking a “green” vacation next year, compared to 14% this year.
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