Daily chart: Where Britons go on holiday

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BRITAIN is infamous for its overcast “summers”. Every year millions of Britons flee the drizzle to sizzle on foreign beaches. Yet their choices of holiday destinations have changed over time.In 1996 people living in Britain took 26m holidays abroad. The most common trips by far were one-and two-week-long vacations, typically booked through travel agents. The next-most-popular duration was a single day: such journeys were often “booze cruises” on ferries to stock up on cheap wine and cigarettes in France. Although Spain was already the most popular destination, with 6.9m visits, France was close behind at 6m.That narrow gap has since widened greatly. Once duty-free sales of cigarettes and alcohol were banned outside airports in 1999, one-day trips all but vanished, denting France’s market share. Meanwhile, the rise of low-cost airlines sharply increased the number of destinations in continental Europe with direct flights from Britain, and caused airfares to plummet.British residents have taken full advantage. Last year they enjoyed 45m foreign vacations—3m more than in 2015, and just 0.5m less than the record set right before the 2008-09 financial crisis. They are also taking far fewer leisurely two-week breaks. Instead, they are as likely to jet off on long weekends lasting three or four …

Link to article: www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/08/daily-chart-9?fsrc=rss

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