While many holidaymakers missed out on a summer break in the Iberian sunshine last year, new data suggests more than 16.9 million Britons will jet off to Spain once travel restrictions are eased.
The prediction, based off analysis by travel health experts Practio, follows reports that Spain is set to be included on the UK’s ‘green list’ when its travel traffic light system is announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in May.
Having analysed 10 years of historic Office for National Statistics data, looking at every single trip made out of the country by UK citizens, researchers at Practio have been able to forecast the holiday destinations set to benefit the most from Britain’s express vaccine rollout.
The data predicted the amount Britons were due to spend in Spain in 2021 as more than £10,882,093,347, but with holidays mostly cancelled in 2020, that number could be significantly higher if the country presses ahead with plans to allow Brits ahead of other countries.
With holidaymakers expected to spend an average of £645 per visit, popular Spanish resorts are set for a bumper summer should plans for a digital health certificate be finalised as expected.
Commenting on the research, Dr Jonas Nilsen, managing director and co-founder of Practio said: “We wanted to pull this exhaustive research together to understand UK travel trends over the past ten years, but also to give us an idea of what this means for travel in the future. Travel was mostly out of the question in 2020 and many of us are hoping for its return later in 2021. By predicting future trends, we can better equip travellers and businesses that thrive off tourism by helping them to prepare for what's to come and how they can make the most of Brits’ travel habits.
“It’s also been great to see some of the emerging trends and how travel is changing, we’re seeing the go-to destinations start to change with more money being spent in countries further afield, which should be a good sign for the future of the travel industry beyond the pandemic.”