Brits rush to experience Europe ahead of Brexit Day
Uncertainty surrounding Brexit pushed British tourists to take in EU holiday hotspots before 29th March.
While ticket bookings in much-loved destinations such as Italy are up 28% year-on-year for the three weeks before Brexit (4th – 24th March), bookings are down 14% year-on-year during Brexit week (25th – 31st March) and down 7% year-on-year for the three weeks following Brexit (1st – 21st April).
The opposite is true in the UK where bookings are flat year-on-year for the three weeks before Brexit, but up 83% during Brexit week and up 10% for the three weeks thereafter.
Comparing UK market bookings from October 2018 to February 2019 with the same period last year, trips to Eastern European cities are more popular than before, with a 295% rise in bookings to Krakow and an 84% increase in Budapest reported. Conversely, traditionally well visited European cities are proving less popular with ticket purchases down by 8% in Paris, 10% in Rome and Venice and 11% in Amsterdam.
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Supporting the trend that Brits are opting to stay at home post-Brexit, tickets for attractions in Bath have risen by 248% and by 97% in Edinburgh.