The most popular destinations abroad for Brits

UK residents made 65.7 million visits abroad in 2015.

UK residents made 9.4% more visits abroad and spent £3.5 billion (9.8%) more during these visits in 2015 than 2014, without adjusting for inflation. The number of nights spent abroad also increased, up 10.7% to 682.4 million nights.

The number of visits abroad for holidays grew (up 9.4%) as did visits abroad to friends or family and for business (up 11.0% and 5.8% respectively). Spending on holidays, visits to friends and business increased by 7.6%, 2.9% and 30.2% respectively.

Visits to North America, Europe and “Other Countries” grew in 2015, up 6.4%, 10.0% and 7.3% respectively. Spending by UK residents visiting these regions also increased, by 14.9%, 12.4% and 1.9% respectively.

Spain continued to be the top destination for UK residents visiting abroad, accounting for 13.0 million visits, a 6.1% increase from the previous year, and accounting for 19.8% of the total number of visits abroad.

The 5 most popular destinations in 2015 were (measured in ‘000s visits):

1. Spain 12,988
2. France 8,849
3. Italy 3,533
4. Republic of Ireland 3,504
5. USA 3,503

Statistics: Office for National Statistics: Travel Trends 2015

Whether these destinations are still as popular post-Brexit remains to be seen.
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