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Holidays on hold while pandemic continues

Written by: Emma Lunn
More than half (54%) of Brits are waiting to see how the pandemic ends before committing to a holiday for 2021.

However, a fifth have already booked a holiday for this year with another fifth planning on doing so, according to research by AA Travel Insurance.

In the poll of more than 12,500 people, more than a fifth said they had already booked holidays scheduled for this year, giving a shot of confidence to both a domestic and overseas tourism revival. One in 10 said they were heading overseas (11%) while a similar number (10%) said they would stay within the UK.

A further 20% said they were actively considering a holiday in 2021 with domestic trips slightly edging ahead of international travel. One in 10 (11%) are planning a UK trip compared to 8% planning an overseas holiday. But 14% said they will not have a break this year.

David Coughlan, managing director for AA insurance services, said: “Travel and tourism has been one of the worst hit sectors throughout the pandemic. However there are reasons to be optimistic should the mass rollout of a vaccine prove successful.

“The chance to spread the wings is captivating, and the series of lockdowns has only strengthened peoples’ desire to explore and travel.

“Dreams of sun-drenched beaches and palm trees hold just as much desire as the opportunity to enjoy the British coast and major cities. We have always been an inquisitive nation and our natural inclination to discover new places and customs has only heightened during the Covid crisis.”

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