Brits went on more than 45 million holidays last year with nearly 840,000 of us taking breaks on luxury floating resorts
BRITS went on more than 45 million foreign holidays last year – with cruising FOUR TIMES more popular than in the 90s.
Nearly 840,000 took their overseas break on the high seas in a sign of the huge changes in the way families spend their time in the summer sun.
Official figures yesterday revealed the number of holidays taken by UK residents was up 70 per cent on 20 years ago in 2016 – and almost back to pre-credit crisis levels.
But instead of a traditional two-week break, most Brits now head abroad for seven days – and take additional ‘short-breaks’.
In 1996, two millions Brits went on ‘booze cruises’ and booked breaks by Teletext. Now most head overseas on no-frills airlines and arrange their trip over the web.
While holidays to France are DOWN on 1996, Germany is now in the top ten destinations for UK residents.
And over half a million take a holiday in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, up from just 29,845 in 1996. Last year, just 2,200 holidays were taken in Tunisia after the spate of terror attacks.
Cruising has replaced Turkey in the top ten – after a huge marketing effort by cruise operators.
A survey last month revealed the average age of cruise passengers had fallen to a six year low – of 55 – as themed cruises and ship-based music festivals drag down the typical age.
Tinie Tempah headlined ‘Anchored’, a summer music festival that ‘sailed’ across Europe – from Santorini to Mykonos to Monte Carlo and Cannes.
The Office for National Statistics said: “Cruising is now four times as popular as it was 20 years ago. This could be due to an ageing population, with increasing numbers of older people in the population.
“But cruise operators are also trying to extend their appeal to younger holidaymakers too.”
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