New study suggests almost one third of UK travellers will shun European Union destinations post Brexit

22 October, 2019

Ten days and counting! As we approach the Brexit date for Great Britain's departure from the European Union (EU) for a second time, it appears much more likely that this time it will really happen, whether that is with a deal or with no deal. The uncertainty of the whole process has already had an impact on travel trends and those clouds will remain into the future.

A new study now reveals that almost one-third (30.2%) of UK travellers would be less likely to holiday in the EU following changes to travelling abroad (such as visa requirements and international driving permits) post-Brexit, instead travelling further afield or enjoying a staycation holiday in their homeland.

Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, Brits have shown a lower propensity to travel abroad for holidays, with 1.1 million fewer trips overseas from UK residents in 2018 than in 2017. UK Google Trends data shows that interest in staycations has also risen by +116% during this time.

This data also highlights that 8.5% would stop holidaying in the EU altogether; 10.2% would holiday less frequently in the EU; 6.5% of UK travellers would holiday more frequently in the UK; and 5.2% would holiday more frequently outside of the EU and the UK; while only 2.2% would holiday more frequently in the EU.

The new survey by Tyreshopper reveals that despite possible changes to visas or driving permits, 38.1% of respondents would not change their holiday choice.