In the midst of the Covid crisis, Spain loses ground to Greece as the UK’s “most popular summer vacation.”
According to statistics from an independent travel business, Spain has lost its position as the most popular summer destination for British travellers. Greece is claimed to have taken the throne instead.
As a result of the ongoing traffic light mayhem, there has been a sharp drop in UK tourists in Spain compared to 2019. Instead, holidaymakers are flocking to Greece. Although the new amber list criteria for vaccinated Britons make travel easier, the rate of coronavirus prevalence in Spain appears to have pushed tourists away from the traditionally popular destination.
The newest data reveal that Britons are planning more holidays to Greece than to Spain, according to research by independent travel business Travel Counsellors.
Experts claim that, based on data from the week beginning July 26, bookings for Greek vacations had even topped those for UK staycations.
The information comes as local reports in Spain claim that the country’s tourism numbers have dropped by five million in the first half of the year compared to the pre-Covid period.
In 2019, 18 million people from the United Kingdom visited Spain.
3.7 million people went to the Balearic Islands.
Spain is said to have received no more tourists in 2021 than it did in 2020, which was named the worst year in tourism history.
It received 2.2 million visitors in June of this year, which is 75% less than the same month in 2019.
Despite this, the experts at Trips Counsellors point out that it is still among the top destinations for future travel planned by Britons – even if the numbers are significantly lower than in past years.
The company has announced a 39 percent increase in new bookings for summer 2022, with Greece, the United States, and Spain as the top destinations.
It also cites a 20% increase in new bookings for winter 21/22, with the United States, the Maldives, and Barbados leading the way.
“With Spain and Greece continuing on the ‘amber list,’ we are seeing significant demand for both destinations, particularly Greece, which has become our most popular summer sun destination,” said Kirsten Hughes, UK managing director at Travel Counsellors.
Currently, anyone who has been completely vaccinated with a vaccination administered and approved by the United Kingdom, the European Union, or the United States is allowed to enter the UK without a visa. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”