July 30, 2020

Weekly Travel Insights – 30 July

With changing UK quarantine restrictions for travellers looking to visit Spain, we can reveal that the Greek islands of Crete and Corfu have shot up in popularity.

In the most searched for destinations from the UK, they’ve replaced Spanish mainstays such as Malaga, Alicante and Palma. Nice and Malta have also entered the top 10.

These were the top 10 searches from the UK on Skyscanner on Saturday 25 July, the day of the quarantine announcement, for travel dates during August and September: 

  1. London 
  2. Manchester 
  3. Edinburgh 
  4. Alicante 
  5. Malaga 
  6. Tenerife 
  7. Palma 
  8. Birmingham 
  9. Islamabad 
  10. Amsterdam

These were the top 10 searches from the UK on Skyscanner on Sunday 26 July, the day after the quarantine announcement, for travel dates during August and September:

  1. London 
  2. Manchester 
  3. Edinburgh 
  4. Corfu 
  5. Amsterdam 
  6. Luqa 
  7. Islamabad 
  8. Crete 
  9. Birmingham 
  10. Nice 

The green hills and mountains of Crete.

Spain has featured heavily in the UK holiday landscape for decades. Five of the top 10 destinations abroad over the past five years have been in Spain: Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Tenerife, and Palma.

“Travellers need reassurance now more than ever”

Jo McClintock, Skyscanner's Global Brand Director, comments:

“Safety continues to be the top priority for many travellers, but as the appetite for travel returns, and as we’re seeing pent-up demand turn into action, travellers need reassurance now more than ever. 

“After months of lockdown, British holidaymakers are desperate to get away and experience a change of scene. Easing of restrictions has meant that many have booked and are looking to book, but this week’s news has raised concerns that the situation could change without notice, making the need for clarity more important than ever.

“It is imperative that we and the wider industry empower them to make informed decisions about travel.”  

A cityscape of Auckland in New Zealand.

Providing travellers with the latest information

We’ve collated the latest guidance from our in-house travel experts on what to expect when travelling in 2020, including:

Traveller confidence continues to fall

Here are the insights from our 19th weekly pulse survey of over 8,000 travellers across the world.

Perceptions of international travel

For the seventh straight week, fewer people think the international travel situation is getting better.

  • 32% think it’s improving, down from 33% last week and 36% the week before.

  • 28% think it’s staying the same, the same as last week and the week before.

  • 39% think it’s getting worse, compared to 39% last week and 36% the week before.

On a regional level, travellers in the Americas are becoming more optimistic, followed by those in EMEA and then APAC.

A roadside diner on the USA's Route 66.

  • In AMER, the number of people who think the situation is improving has remained
    at 45% from last week (and the week before that).

  • In EMEA, this number has fallen from 33% to 32% over the past week, and in
    APAC it’s fallen from 21% to 19%.

  • In APAC, more people think it’s getting worse compared with other regions, rising from 53% last week to 55% this week.

  • In AMER, this figure has fallen from 30% to 29%. In EMEA, it’s stayed the same at 38%.

Perceptions of domestic travel

It’s a similar story with domestic travel. Again, for the seventh consecutive week, fewer people think the situation is improving.

  • 40% think it’s getting better, down from 43% last week and 51% the week before.

  • 25% think it’s staying the same, down from 26% last week, but up from 23% the week before.

  • 35% think it’s getting worse, up from 31% last week and 26% the week before.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

On a regional level, travellers in EMEA are more optimistic, though they’ve had the biggest drop in confidence over the past week.

  • In AMER, the number of people who think the situation is improving has remained the same at 29% over the past two weeks.

  • In EMEA, this figure has fallen from 50% to 45%. And in APAC, it’s fallen from 42%
    to 40%.

  • In AMER, 50% think it’s getting worse, a figure that’s been roughly the same for the past five weeks.

  • In EMEA, it’s been gently climbing and now stands at 27%, rising from 22% last week and 17% the week before.

  • In APAC, it’s at 39%, rising from 35% last week and 30% the week before.

The Great Wall of China

Next week, we'll share the latest data and insights from the past seven days on our blog, as well as keeping you updated with how we're helping travellers and the wider industry during the pandemic.

Pulse survey based on 8,447 respondents from 20 – 26 July.