Even though the decision to leave the European Union has made its negative impact on British pound, the British do not hurry to change their vacation plans.
The report of European online travel agency eDreams ODIGEO is based on data from 140 websites and more than 17 million customers. According to the report, during first four days after the Brexit vote the UK travel fell by 2%, but later bookings to the continent added 9% if compared to the same period of 2015. However, changes in the currency do affect destinations chosen by the British. For example, travel bookings to Norway and Hungary are up by 40% and 16% respectively, to Thailand and Mexico by 19% and 11%. The pound exchange rate remains rather strong in these countries. Scotland, which expressed its wish to stay with the EU, has also become more popular. Hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh managed to raise their bookings by 32% and 12% respectively. At the same time, the UK hotels also expect more guests as the decline of the pound exchange rate can make domestic tourism more active.
Brexit was a hot theme in media and, naturally, the news drew attention of travelers from all over the world. Many of them saw a wonderful opportunity in the weakened pound as that makes travel to the UK more affordable. For example, the increase in searches of US tourists for a holiday in Britain estimated 54% according to Kayak. StudentUniverse, travel booking website for young people, reported doubled bookings compared to last year. Britain has become one of most sought after destinations for Chinese travelers as well, so experts foresee significant boost of foreign tourists to the UK.