//Two-thirds to ‘use travel agent’

Two-thirds to ‘use travel agent’

The number of 18 to 30-year-olds planning to use a travel agent is on the rise, according to new research by Advantage Travel Partnership.

According to a survey completed by 4,228 respondents, 55 per cent of that age group will use the expertise of an agent, while over 70s remain the largest group to favour use of a travel agent (79 per cent). Overall more than two thirds said they would use an agent.

The research shows Britons are dreaming of travelling abroad with more than two thirds of UK travellers wanting to head overseas once restrictions are lifted.

The destination top of the short-haul list is Spain followed by Greece, Turkey, and Portugal, while Mexico and Florida are the preferred long-haul destinations. 

More than three quarters of Brits’ holiday budgets for the next 12 months will either remain unchanged or will increase as 86 per cent are willing to travel abroad.

Those aged under 30 are at least twice as likely than any other age group to increase their holiday budget for the next 12 months.

“The research shows that coronavirus has led British consumers to re-evaluate how they book travel and it is human contact, a voice and opinion that people value most. Knowing that you have someone to contact easily is an attractive proposition during a time when the globe is fighting coronavirus. Expertise and knowledge are especially important when Brits are dreaming of returning to countries, such as Spain and USA which have reported high coronavirus cases,” said Kelly Cookes, leisure director at The Advantage Travel Partnership.

Travellers aged 70 and over are most cautious to travel abroad in 2021 with Covid-19 stopping one in five, according to the research.

Only one in ten of 18 to 30-year olds will not go overseas due to coronavirus. Less than one fifth of Brits have cancelled all travel plans for the rest of the year, while less than one fifth of UK travellers are looking for a staycation.

Half of respondents aged 30 and under said that coronavirus will not impact their decisions on where to travel to, compared to a quarter of those over 70.