Top 10 Destinations for Islanders

Escape the Rock has revealed the top 10 most popular holiday destinations islanders travelled to in 2016 based on booking figures.

The top destination for Guernsey residents excluding the UK was Spain, followed by USA, Portugal, Finland and Italy:

  1. UK
  2. Spain
  3. USA
  4. Portugal
  5. Finland
  6. Italy
  7. Austria
  8. France
  9. Greece
  10. Cyprus
  11. Netherlands

This is a similar picture for Jersey where the top destination other than the UK was Spain:

  1. UK
  2. Spain
  3. Portugal
  4. Italy
  5. USA
  6. Greece
  7. Finland
  8. Thailand
  9. France
  10. Canada
  11. South Africa

The top destination for Isle of Man residents excluding the UK was:

  1. UK
  2. Spain
  3. Italy
  4. Portugal
  5. USA
  6. Greece
  7. Australia
  8. Republic of Ireland
  9. Germany
  10. France
  11. Croatia

Overall Europe remains the most popular place for local residents to spend their holidays however there has also been a healthy number of bookings to the USA. This mirrors the UK trend where Spain was also the most popular destination with over 4.2m UK passengers last year according to industry figures, followed by the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Greece.

In 2017 we predict a rise in bookings to longer haul destinations St Lucia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as to Spain’s Costa Almeria which has been added as a new destination by Jet2 airlines last year.

Areas such as the Black Sea and North Africa which were once popular holiday destinations are no longer feasible or in decline, which has contributed to the demise of a number of smaller operators. Following recent news of the collapse of Lowcostholidays and Cruise Operator All Leisure Group which owns Voyages of Discovery and Swan Hellenic, there is an emerging risk amongst smaller niche operators in the travel sector. Many have struggled against the fall in the value of the pound, exchange rates, operating cost increases and geo-political upset.

Travellers don’t necessarily have to avoid smaller operators as long as their booking is ATOL protected and ABTA bonded. Escape the Rock’s CEO Simon Goddard advises:-

“Start off in safe hands by booking through a travel agent or operator that is a member of ABTA. This means customers are financially protected in the case of company collapse” comments Goddard.

ATOL provides cover for flight-based packages. Every UK travel company which sells air holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL, which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence.

“Travellers can check if their holiday is protected by looking for the ATOL logo in travel company’s brochures, literature, adverts and websites” adds Goddard.

Booking with a local travel agent gives customers peace of mind. Escape the Rock is financially sound and has the highest credit rating possible via business rating agency Dun & Bradstreet. “The website is an online extension of our travel shops and includes the same ATOL and ABTA protection for customers” concludes Goddard.