Brits appear to be booking flights abroad despite the ongoing economic turmoil, it has been revealed.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that, in the year to March, the number of visits abroad by British residents fell by six percent compared with the previous 12 months from 70.2 to 66 million.
Sean Tipton, a spokesman for ABTA – The Travel Association, said that despite the decline, the recent figure is considerably higher than the 50.8 million recorded in 1998 and the 39.6 million in 1994.
"We have seen substantial rises in the number of trips taken over the years. It is for the first time in a while that we have actually seen a decrease," he commented.
"If you look at the sheer number of trips that we are taking, they are considerably higher than they were in the past."
The ONS figures also revealed that, during the same period, there were 31 million overseas visits to the UK, which represents a decline from the previous year’s total of 33.2 million.