Spain has been voted the number one destination for families as revealed today in the ABTA 2011 Consumer Trends Survey at The Travel Convention in Palma Mallorca. Spain narrowly beat the UK as the most family friendly holiday destination. The Mediterranean countries shine through as especially appealing for families occupying six out of the top 10 spots.
Consumers were asked which country they regarded as the most family friendly for holidays and almost one in five gave their vote to Spain, Spain proves most popular with one in four 35-44 year olds being particularly keen on the country. The UK came in at second place overall and especially popular among an older age group with those aged 55+ voting it their most family friendly destination. The amazing theme parks and hospitality of the USA drove it to a very strong third spot.
The Mediterranean dominates the top ten with Spain joined by France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus and an honourable ninth spot goes to Spain’s neighbour Portugal. Further afield, the long flight to Australia is clearly worth the effort as it completes the ABTA Top 10 for Family Friendly destinations.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: “For many years Spain has been our favourite overseas holiday spot. One of the main reasons for this has been the amazing welcome and facilities that Spain and its people offer to families. All of the countries in the top 10 deserve our thanks and congratulations for the incredible holidays they have provided to British families for many years and will continue to for many more years to come.”
Ignacio Vasallo, Director of the Spanish Tourist Office welcomed the news: “We are delighted to see that even in tough times families continue to see Spain as their preferred holiday destination. We continue to support the travel trade to update them on all our new developments in culture, sport and gastronomy. It truly is a pleasure to see so much loyalty from the travel trade and British public.”
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