Easter Travel Beckons
At this time of the year, there are lots of organisations telling us where we are holidaying over Easter. Are we staying at home or going abroad? Will we be affected by strikes, road engineering works or ferry terminal blockades?
This Easter seems a little odd. No strikes on the horizon; no air traffic control disputes, no ferry problems. All we have are road works to contend.
So on that cheery note, where are we off to?
ABTA says that 2 million of us will go abroad, and by taking 3 days leave and adding it to the weekends and the public holidays, we can have an 11 day break. 600,000 will leave from Heathrow and a further 250,000 from Gatwick. 150,000 will leave from the three main Scottish airports, 160,000 from Stansted and 125,000 from Manchester. Eurostar says it will be carrying 65,000, about the same number that will fly from Birmingham and Cardiff estimates 51,000 will fly up until the end of the first May bank holiday.
But to where? Abta says Spain with the Canaries and the Costa del Sol as this year’s hot spots. Florida has families flocking to it they say which will certainly please the state tourist board since visitor numbers have been down over the last couple of years. And city breaks rate highly, the top five being Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York.
Last year ABTA forecast that about the same number would get away but then it was Egypt and Turkey that were doing well after Spain. This year there remain bargain priced places there and in Tunisia
Closer to home, they estimate that Blackpool, Bournemouth and Brighton should have a bumper time and that there are strong bookings for the Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles. Edinburgh and Manchester lead the way for city breaks and bookings for cottages in Cornwall, East Anglia and the North of England are good.
That fits in with the high estimate from the AA of those who may stay at home. The results of the latest AA/Populus survey say that 85% of us remain at home this year. Experian, the credit rating company, also says that many of us would forgo foreign holidays. 10 million of us will hit the roads for the Easter holiday weekend and another 8 million over the royal wedding long weekend. On top of that they think there will be 6 million day trips made over that weekend so road congestion might be possible. For drivers though, the AA offers some comfort. Because school holidays have been under way there may be less traffic trying to get away tomorrow,( Thursday evening) and Good Friday. On both weekends drivers from Northern Ireland are most likely to get behind the wheel. On the other hand the AA research was conducted almost a month ago so people may have changed their minds since then.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, have an enjoyable Easter from all of us here at CD-Traveller.