An annual study conducted by the Association of British Travel Agents has revealed that a quarter of the UK’s residents could not afford to take a holiday this year. ABTA issued its Holiday Habits Report for 2015 last week and the data shows a whopping 23 per cent of Britons did not go on holiday this past summer.
ABTA researchers quizzed 2,000 adults for Holiday Habits Report 2015. The association’s CEO is Mark Tanzer and he says the respondents’ answers indicate some Britons are still being impacted by the global financial crisis. He explained that some people were forgoing holidays altogether, taking less holidays or making them shorter.
Mr Tanzer noted that the British holiday and travel industry had more-or-less recovered from the credit crunch and people were once again booking holidays. He carried on by saying Britons took an average of 3.2 holidays in 2015 which was 0.2 higher than the previous year.
He added that this seemed to show the UK was becoming a nation divided into those who took holidays and those who didn’t. In 2014, only 20 per cent of Britons didn’t take a holiday. Four years ago only a tenth of the UK’s population didn’t have a holiday at all.
The figures also show that of the people who took holidays in 2015, 23 per cent of them stayed in the UK. This means that around half of all Britons have not taken a foreign holiday this year. Just 13 per cent said that they only took holidays abroad while the remainder stated they took a combination of UK and foreign vacations.