Safety and security 'most important factors' for holidaymakers

Safety and security 'most important factors' for holidaymakers

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Almost half (46%) of holidaymakers regard safety and security as the most important factors when choosing a travel destination for 2016.

The statistic emerged from a poll of more than 2,300 people by travel insurance specialist

Just under one in eight (12%) said that they were less likely to go abroad following recent global events such as the Paris attacks and Sharm el-Sheikh airline tragedy.

However, 60% of those surveyed said their travel plans for the next six months were unchanged

Three quarters of respondents have already started to plan their holidays for next year, of which 34% plan to travel long haul.

More than one in seven (14%) are likely to take a domestic break in 2016, while 28% are more likely to take am overseas holiday in the next six months than before.

Travellers put “value for money” as the second most important factor in deciding a destination, with 33% ranking it as the most important.

More than half (52%) stated that fluctuating currency exchange rates were the least important factor. brand manager, Amber Howard, said: “Travelling the world and exploring new places is always exciting but it is interesting to see how attitudes towards destinations have changed.

“Our customers’ safety is always the highest priority for us, and we encourage people to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice before departing, for more information on their chosen destination.”


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