A YouGov survey has revealed how Brits’ attitudes have changed towards travel post-Brexit. The survey went out to 4139 adults across the UK and was commissioned by the global hotel chain, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. It directly follows another survey they did pre-Brexit on whether the nation prefers to staycation or vacation in Europe (in the next 2 years) and why.
Results of the post-Brexit survey show that 66% of Brits who said they are now planning to holiday less in Europe, admitted their decision was affected by the falling pound. 82% of millennials (aged 18-34) said that their decision to travel less in Europe had been affected by the falling pound, compared to 59% of non-millennials. 48% of respondents who said that they will holiday more in the UK over the next two years said that their decision had been affected by the falling pound.
The survey results suggest that those who plan on vacationing more than staycationing over the next two years probably want to do so to make the most of mainland Europe while Brexit terms are being negotiated. 28% of millennials gave making the most of easy travel and without a visa as their reasons for changing their travel plans to visit mainland Europe more over the next two years, compared with only 6% of non-millennials.
More non-millennials (4%) than millennials (2%) were concerned about animosity towards Brits on mainland Europe. And of those who changed their plans to staycation more, 6% of non-millennials were concerned about terrorism on the continent compared with 4% of non-millennials.
Nayan Peshkar, Senior Vice President of Digital, Distribution & Revenue Strategy at Millennium Hotels and Resorts says: “The decision to leave the EU has evidently affected people’s travel plans and has naturally led to some fresh concerns about holidaying. From wanting to make the most of Europe while we’re still a part of it, to embracing the British staycation, our survey has revealed a significant shift in attitude among a lot of the British public.
We’ve always striven to do everything we can to understand travel and tourism trends, so it seemed natural to see what effects the recent and momentous events in this country have had on these.”