British Airways Holidays Highlights New Travel Trends for 2024

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 10, 2024 21:30 PMNews
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British Airways Holidays has recently published its 2024 Travel Trends Report, shedding light on the evolving preferences and behaviors of UK travelers. The report, derived from data and surveys, points to a shift towards shoulder season travel and reveals TikTok's rising influence on holiday destinations.

As per the report, more travelers are opting to start their summer vacations earlier, favoring May and June over the traditional peak months of July and August. This trend is supported by a significant increase in searches for travel during these months, doubling in comparison to last year.

The influence of social media on travel decisions is notably marked by TikTok, where 23% of UK consumers turn for holiday inspiration. Remarkably, nearly one-fifth of these users have booked trips directly influenced by the content viewed on the platform.

Financial flexibility is another emerging trend, with a majority of holidaymakers showing interest in paying for their trips via interest-free installments. This payment option is especially popular among the 25-44 age group, suggesting a shift towards more budget-conscious travel planning.

The report also highlights a trend towards destination swaps, with travelers increasingly seeking out lesser-known locales over traditional hotspots like the Maldives and Dubai. Additionally, 78% of respondents were inspired to visit locations featured in movies or TV shows, emphasizing the impact of media on travel choices.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, commented on the insights, noting the changing dynamics in how people plan and book their holidays. The comprehensive data from the report aims to help British Airways better cater to these evolving consumer preferences.

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