World-famous for killer whale shows, fast rides and Disney World, Orlando, USA was by far the most-popular choice for Brits this summer - proving the theme-park capital of the world is still a sought-after stay.
Leading metasearch momondo.co.uk this week analysed its UK flight search data from the last three months, for travel during the UK summer holiday period, with a departure date between June and August 2014.
The website also studied where was popular in the world, individually for 20 of the UK’s biggest airports, and here reports on their ‘Top 5’ destinations for summer. Orlando appeared in seven out of 20 Top 5 lists for these UK airports.
New York has remained popular from last year, when momondo found the city appeared in the Top 5 most-searched lists for Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham airports, for summer travel. The destination is also highly popular for summer 2014 travel, where it came in second most-searched destination for Brits overall. The Big Apple also appeared in five out of 20 of the UK’s biggest airports’ 2014 Top 5 lists.
Spanish destinations Alicante and Malaga came third and fourth respectively, when looking at the overall most-searched destinations for summer 2014 travel.
However, these destinations were highly popular throughout the nation, with both Alicante and Malaga appearing in the Top 5 most-searched lists, for 13 out of 20 UK airports.
Dalaman, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, came in fifth most-searched destination for Brits overall. It was also was popular across the regions – appearing in 11 out of 20 of the UK’s top 20 airports’ Top 5 most-searched summer destinations lists.
“It’s encouraging to see Orlando in favour with Brits this year as a popular place to visit over the summer holidays, with its excellent activities and parks for the whole family. And long-haul destination New York was also popular this summer too – at a time when the climate is warm. It seems the traditional Spanish summer break though will always appeal to Brits, with short-haul flights and a practical sun guarantee. It is interesting to see Turkey hot on the heels of Spain however, with Dalaman coming in fifth most-popular destination overall. Sizzling hot weather and great deals on this up and coming destination no doubt will be drawing the crowds in this year,” says Julie Pedersen, Spokesperson for momondo.
OVERALL TOP 10 MOST-SEARCHED SUMMER DESTINATIONS FOR BRITS:
2) New York
8) Palma de Mallorca
9) Los Angeles