The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, has just released its 2013 Travel Trends report, and it seems that while travellers will continue to book cheap flights to the Greek Islands and other popular destinations, they will expect a higher level of luxury once they get there.
While many people in the UK are struggling to manage their household budgets, they are still prepared to splash out on holidays - so long as they get good value for money. This has been revealed in the latest ABTA report, which reveals there will be a strong demand for luxury breaks in 2013. Tailor-made holidays, which offer travellers package-tour security but with freedom over their choice of airline, airport and flight times will become increasingly popular, as will all-inclusive four and five star luxury resorts.
Classics Retain Their Appeal
At the other end of the scale, budget breaks to destinations like Benidorm and the Spanish Costas will continue to hold their appeal for cash-strapped families, especially since the financial squeeze is being felt most keenly in the mid-section of the market.
The report reveals that the recent abysmal weather has put the damper on domestic tourism, despite a memorable summer of 2012 in the UK. However, economic uncertainty means that while some travellers are setting their sights at far-flung exotic destinations, many others are sticking to tried-and-tested holiday hot-spots closer to home. Early booking figures are strong for Spain, Italy and the Greek islands, with an increasing number of younger travellers jetting off abroad.
Jet2.com offers cheap flights to Rhodes, Corfu and many other destinations, recently adding Zante to its list of Greek Islands.