The travel preferences of young and old: beach holidays or a city break?

ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse the holiday preferences abroad of Germans and Britons – Germany is Europe’s most important source market for young travellers – the UK’s over-fifties are particularly keen to travel.

 Pohled na řeku Tarn v Albi Autor: Marta Jedličková

Pohled na řeku Tarn v Albi Autor: Marta Jedličková

Berlin, 21 August 2013 – Together, Germany and the UK represent Europe’s largest travel source market. Commissioned by ITB Berlin, IPK International examined the travel preferences of both younger and older holidaymakers in a special analysis of the World Travel Monitor, which shows that at 19 per cent (13 million trips) Germans occupy close to one-fifth of Europe’s entire holiday travel market for young people. In 2012, European 15 to 29 year-olds undertook a total of 69 million holiday trips abroad, whereas the corresponding figure for the UK was only six million (nine per cent). By contrast, the UK’s older generation is ahead in the travel statistics. Of all the European holiday trips undertaken by the older generation close to one-fifth (19 per cent / 15 million trips) are by Britons, whereas the market share occupied by older Germans is 17 per cent (13.5 million trips).

Britons and Germans also differ in their holiday preferences, depending on which generation they belong to. Older Britons enjoy the sun and beach holidays (40 per cent), as opposed to only 29 per cent of young people. Germans’ preferences are exactly the opposite. Young travellers (40 per cent) prefer lying on the beach, in contrast to the older generation (29 per cent). However, they all have one thing in common: Spain, France and Italy, their top three preferred holiday destinations, remain unchallenged.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2014 will be taking place from Wednesday, 5 to Sunday, 9 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show, the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest travel industry event of its kind in the world, will be held from Wednesday, 5 to Friday, 7 March 2014. Additional information is available at ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2013 a total of 10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries displayed their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors.

The World Travel Monitor® is the world’s largest and only tourism survey which for more than 20 years has continuously surveyedthe outbound travel volume and travel behavior (choice of destination, purpose of trip incl. type of business travel, travel duration, type of transport, accommodation preference, travel season, information and booking patterns, regional markets, target group profiles, etc.) in over 60 source countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Arab countries.

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