TravelSupermarket reveals half-term and autumn holiday bookings spike

TravelSupermarket reveals half-term and autumn holiday bookings spike

Data shows 21% YoY increase in trips for October half term

UK online price comparison website TravelSupermarket has revealed data that shows UK holidaymakers have booked 21% more trips to depart the first weekend of the October half-term break (October 21-23), compared to last year.

The website has also seen a 47% year-on-year increase in searches and bookings made between August 6-September 5, 2023, for departures across September and October compared to the same period in 2022. 

The data also reveal the highest-booked destinations for this period are Tenerife, Cyprus, Dalaman, Costa de Sol and Lanzarote, all popular winter destinations for Brits seeking some late summer sun.

Chris Webber, head of holidays and deals of TravelSupermarket, said: “It’s likely the spike in bookings for October half term is a result of cheaper prices at this time of year – and the bad summer weather in the UK during the summer holidays pushing up demand for autumn sun. 

“While we’ve seen price rises in line with inflation for many destinations, there has been a year-on-year dip in prices for destinations such as Dubai, where prices on average have dipped by over a third and Hurghada, where prices are 11% below last year’s average, Rhodes has an 8% drop, Dalaman -6% and the Canary Islands, which on average have dipped by 5%.”