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Brits see holiday abroad as 'necessity'

26 January 2009 07:52

Brits see holiday abroad as 'necessity'

Holidaymakers have no plans on giving up their trips abroad despite the onset of the credit crunch.

That is the opinion of one industry expert who believes the holiday is one British mainstay that won't be sacrificed during tough economic times.

A recent survey by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) revealed that over 80 per cent of holidaymakers who had just returned from an overseas trip planned to take another in the next year.

Dermot Blastland, managing director of TUI Travel UK, said: "Despite talk of a credit crunch, the vast majority of customers do not see their main annual holiday as a luxury, but rather as a necessity.

"Over half of our customers agree that even if they had to cut back on spending, they main holiday abroad would be the last thing they would give up."

The investigation by also found that nearly a third of Brits take a foreign holiday three times a year or more.

The results of a study published earlier this week showed that the number of travellers fraudulently claiming travel insurance was on the rise. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18819697-ADNFCR