Barrhead Travel reveals most popular destinations of 2017

Spanish resorts and islands have dominated the list of top 2017 destinations among Barrhead Travel customers.

Majorca took top spot in the rundown of the most popular places visited by Barrhead’s Scottish customers over the last 12 months with 10% of Barrhead customers heading to the Spanish island. Porta Pollensa was a popular resort in Majorca.

The Canary Island of Tenerife was second on the list, followed by Alicante in mainland Spain with the country taking the top three positions in terms of Barrhead sales.

Orlando, in the US state of Florida, was fourth in the list (and the number one long-haul destination) ahead of Arrecife, Lanzarote, Malaga, in the Costa Del Sol, and Reus in Catalonia.

Barrhead also saw an increase in families choosing Ibiza, and a 63% rise in holidays to Croatia while cruising was popular among the 35 to over 75 bracket and a trend towards travelling further to the likes of Miami and South East Asia for cruise sailings.

Meanwhile, Barrhead says Bali’s popularity has grown by 90% from 2016 while Japan is up 44%. Turkey was popular across different age categories and was the number one destination for families with teenage children.

Looking forward, Barrhead says demand to Cuba which has fully recovered from the hurricane; with restrictions being lifted, the demand to travel has increased.  During 2017, Barrhead Travel reported prices from a quality all-inclusive stay in Cuba started from as little as £500pp – including flights.

Barrhead Travel’s Top 10 Destinations (based on Scottish passengers in 2017)

  1.  Majorca, Balearic Islands
  2. Tenerife, Canary Islands
  3. Alicante, Spain
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Arrecife, Lanzarote
  6. Malaga, Costa Del Sol
  7. Reus, Catalonia
  8. Dalaman, Turkey
  9. Dubai, UAE
  10. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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