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British trips abroad 'historically high'

22 May 2009 07:57

British trips abroad 'historically high'

The number of British consumers travelling abroad remains at historically high levels, according to ABTA - The Travel Association, which is positive news for travel insurance providers.

Predicting that a surge of late booking will boost this year's numbers, the representative of the UK's travel agents expressed his surprise that numbers had not declined further because of the recession.

These comments follow the release of figures by the Office for National Statistics, which revealed that in the year leading up to March 2009 the number of consumer travelling abroad reached 66 million.

Sean Tipton, spokesman for ABTA - The Travel Association, suggested that current statistics should be looked at in relation to previous data.

He said: "If you look at the sheer number of trips that we are taking, they are considerably higher than they were in the past."

Last month, travelsupermarket.com claimed that the number of Brits choosing to go on all-inclusive holidays is increasing.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19174177-ADNFCR