//ABTA releases Travel in 2022 report
Emma Brennan ABTA

ABTA releases Travel in 2022 report

ABTA’s new report Travel in 2022 predicts holiday trends for next year, revealed today (November 24) at the association’s travel trends conference in London.

ABTA has revealed that holidaymakers are 30 per cent more likely to use a travel professional than before the pandemic, according to new research and booking trends from 2,500 consumers.

The biggest growth is seen in the 18-24 age group, of which 66 per cent say they’re more likely to book with a travel professional now than before the pandemic.

Customers are increasingly relying on travel professionals for their guidance through Covid-related travel requirements, and the security of a package holiday.

The report also cites the emergence of ‘catch-up consumers’ making up for lost time during the pandemic with holidays. Almost half (49 per cent) of people questioned say that the pandemic has made holidays more important to them than every before.

Many ABTA members have seen a higher percentage of new customers than before the pandemic.

ABTA’s new figures suggest that package holidays will perform well in 2022, with 27 per cent of people questioned saying they are more likely to book a package holiday now than before the pandemic. For 39 per cent of people, financial protection is the main reason to book a package deal.

The report also reveals that 46 per cent of holidaymakers are prepared to spend more money on their holidays next year, compared to 29 per cent in 2020. These consumers book longer stays, upgrade their accommodation (for example from three-star to four-star hotels) and travel to more expensive destinations.

Popular destinations for next year include Spain, the US, France, Italy and Greece, with bucket list locations like the Caribbean and the Maldives also rising in popularity.

Cruises are also rising in popularity, with 36 per cent of all people questioned (and 46 per cent of families) having been on a cruise – the highest ever number.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“Given the hugely challenging trading conditions over the past couple of years, I’m delighted to see people becoming ever more likely to turn to travel professionals to book their long-awaited holidays. Our Members have worked tirelessly to provide their customers with expert advice and outstanding service, so it’s wonderful to see this hard work being recognised and rewarded.

“There is still a way to go but, with 61% of people saying that they plan to travel abroad in the next year, we seem to be at the first stage of a meaningful recovery for the sector.”

The report also included a spotlight on sustainability which highlights two trends for next year:

  1. Sustainable accommodation goes mainstream. Holidaymakers can expect to find more accommodation, of all shapes and sizes, that is operating responsibly next year
  2.  ‘Nature positive’ holidays will become more widespread. These actively benefit local ecosystems and leave the lightest carbon footprint possible.

Read the full report at www.abta.com/travelin2022.