As the travel & tourism industry continues on its recovery path, outbound trips from the UK are increasing, with people eager to resume and reboot their travel plans. According to GlobalData, this pent-up demand, coupled with increased confidence around COVID-19 protocols, is helping to drive the recovery of the UK’s outbound travel sector. GlobalData provides a complete picture of the outbound destinations from the UK in its UK Tourism Source Market report. Buy the report here.

In 2023, international departures from the UK grew by 19%.

Outbound travel from the UK is not dominated by any single destination, but intraregional travel is a noticeable trend. In the case of the UK, nine of the ten most popular destinations are located in Europe.

However, even when focusing only on the top ten, flows to different destinations vary. Understanding the relative size of these and identifying high-potential destinations outside of this list is key to identifying promising growth markets for the UK as a source market and for destinations to understand current preferences among British travelers so they can better target them.

According to GlobalData’s report, UK Tourism Source Market, the most popular destinations for the country’s travelers include Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and Greece among others.

For more detailed analysis of the outbound destinations from the UK, buy GlobalData’s UK Tourism Source Market report.

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