Booking.com reveals trending destinations as travel restrictions ease

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Following the recent announcement of the end of the traffic light system and PCR tests for travel abroad, Booking.com are sharing some of the most-searched destinations Brits are seeking to go to this Autumn

As the rules continue to adapt to the ever-changing travel environment, Booking.com is making it easier than ever to plan your next trip and sharing latest search data that shows where Brits are looking to travel to, with this new sense of freedom.

 

  • Staycations remain top priority: Out of the top 20 destinations Brits were searching for this September, all twenty remained to be in the UK, showing that Brits are still looking to stay close to home
  • Desire for travel further afield: Booking.com’s latest search data reveals travellers are eager for their next trip abroad. From city breaks in Paris and New York, to the UK hotspots that offer both sea and the city, Booking.com can reveal the top domestic and international destinations travellers are searching for

 

Booking.com data reveals that searches for holidays to these countries saw an increase.

  • Turkey: 253%
  • Pakistan: 97%
  • The Maldives: 174%
  • Bangladesh: 117%
  • Egypt: 278%
  • Kenya: 258%
  • Oman: 252%
  • Sri Lanka: 239%

 

UK staycations remain at the forefront of Brits’ travel wishlists, with all 20 of the most-searched destinations being in the UK.

 

Top 10 most-searched destinations in the UK2:

  • London
  • Blackpool
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • York
  • Liverpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • Brighton & Hove

 

When it comes to looking for a holiday abroad, familiar city breaks such as Paris, Barcelona and New York are topping the list, as well as several destinations in one of Brits’ favourite sunny holiday hotspots, Spain.

 

Top 10 most-searched international destinations3:

  • Dubai
  • Paris
  • Dublin
  • Barcelona
  • New York
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Roma
  • Benidorm
  • Amsterdam
  • Malaga

 

 

Ryan Pearson, Regional Manager at Booking.com: “We welcome the new travel rules that take effect from today, which should simplify international travel, whilst at the same time keeping people’s health a priority. For the first time in a long time, there seems to be a real sense of optimism amongst us Brits on future travel. 

 In light of the vaccine rollout and with many of us eager to experience the world once again, it is no surprise that we have started to see an increase in international holiday searches – even if these trips are being booked last minute as people wait to see if government guidance changes.  Our Q2 room nights (bookings) were up 59% versus Q1 and we see this driven by domestic and international booking trends across Europe. It’s really encouraging to see travel reopening as people across the nation get ready to explore the world once more.”

 

 

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