The British deliver to the Balearics

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Holiday bookings in the Balearic Islands increased by 99.1% last week, and also increased by 193.5% compared to the same period last year, although they remain 55.5% lower than those recorded the same week in 2020, before the pandemic, according to the TravelgateX platform.

Data for the week of January 4-10 shows that the Balearic Islands are the sixth most booked destination, accounting for 8.8% of managed reservations by the platform, after the Canary Islands, Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia. The majority of bookings through TravelgateX are for stays of two to five days, or 46% of the total. 52.9% of bookings are made by couples and 20.7% by individuals.

In terms of time in advance of reservations, 31.9% booked more than 90 days before travel; 13.1% booked between 30 and 60 days in advance; 11.5% booked between four and seven days in advance; 10.6% booked between 15 and 30 days in advance; and 10.5% booked at the last minute, either the same day or the day before.

Domestic tourism dominates the market: among the top nationalities who booked in Spain in the last seven days through Travelgate, the Spaniards had a 56.9% market share, but when it comes to international bookings, the British have booked 25.2% of vacations and Germans only 2.3%.

And, in the wake of UK travel restrictions being relaxed in recent weeks, it looks like Britons are planning to spend more on the holidays this year.

Research from airline easyJet shows Britons are planning more vacations than usual in 2022 and will spend more on them than ever this year, with the aim of making up for travel experiences lost in the past two years due to travel restrictions.

Sophie Dekkers, commercial director of easyJet, said: “We know there is pent-up demand with a lot of people desperate to escape this year, which we continue to see every time the restrictions are removed.

This survey further underscores the fact that people want to make up for lost time as soon as they can and therefore we welcome the government’s decision to cut unnecessary and costly spending. pre-departure test for travelers, now requiring only one lateral flow test on arrival. This will make traveling a lot simpler and easier and means our customers can book with confidence and hope unrestricted travel is back soon. “

More than half of Britons (55%) say they plan to take more than two vacations this year, 50% say they will take more vacations in 2022 than they normally would and a third plan to spend in minus £ 1000 more than usual. on their 2022 vacation due to seeing their travel plans disrupted by travel restrictions across Europe.

Almost half of those surveyed (47%) plan to spend an “unforgettable vacation” this year to catch up with the past two years less travel, with around two-thirds (65%) prioritizing overseas travel in 2022. Research also reveals that among those polled, June 2019 was the last time the majority of Britons went abroad for an adventure.

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