12 April 2013

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British holidaymakers are favouring Europe over more distant locations for their holidays, it has emerged.

British tourists are increasingly turning to Europe for short-haul getaways, new figures show.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of Brits enjoying trips abroad remained fairly stable between December and February.

Trips to North America fell by five per cent, while the ‘Other Countries’ category dropped by another four per cent.

But this was offset slightly by a one per cent rise in travellers looking for breaks on the Continent, as time and financial pressure encouraged Brits to look closer to home for their burst of winter sun.

In February, 3.2 million people took off for a foreign break - five per cent fewer than in the same period last year.Of those, the number getting away for holidays rather than business or visits to loved ones fell by two per cent.

But Brits are spending more cash once they get there, according to ONS, with expenditure on such occasions growing by a total of three per cent.

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