Brits have voted Spain their favourite family-friendly holiday destination in the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) 2011 Consumer Trends Survey.
Spain narrowly beat the UK to the number one destination for families, joining five other Mediterranean countries in the top ten. Spain attracted almost one in five votes when the respondents were asked which country they thought to be the most family-friendly for holidays. 35-44 year-olds were particularly keen on the country, with a quarter of respondents in that age bracket giving cheap holidays in Spain their vote. The UK came second overall but was voted top by the older 55+ age bracket, while the USA gained third place thanks to its world-class theme parks and warm welcome to families.
Other Mediterranean countries making the top ten were Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, while Portugal holidays also made it into the list at number nine. Australia completed the list in tenth position.
“For many years Spain has been our favourite overseas holiday spot,” commented Mark Tanzer, chief executive of the ABTA. “One of the main reasons for this has been the amazing welcome and facilities that Spain and its people offer to families.”
Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, expressed his gratitude to the British public for their support and love for the country.
“We are delighted to see that even in tough times families continue to see Spain as their preferred holiday destination,” said Mr Vasallo. “We continue to support the travel trade to update them on all our new developments in culture, sport and gastronomy. It truly is a pleasure to see so much loyalty from the travel trade and British public.”
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