Brits Seek Holiday Escape from Olympics

12 per cent of Brits are intending to escape the Olympics in 2012 by heading off on a holiday abroad, according to new research.

The figures from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) show that in addition to the 12 per cent heading abroad, a further 9 per cent will travel to quieter spots around the UK in order to escape Olympic fever.

The age group most eager to escape the country during the Olympics appears to be the over-65s bracket, with 22 per cent saying they were planning an overseas trip during the Games. 18 per cent of the 55-64 age group also said they would seek to get away during the competition. As might be expected, a large proportion of Londoners are also looking to book their holidays around the Games, with 28 per cent saying they were thinking of changing their holiday plans because of the Olympics.

Almost half of the Londoners surveyed said they would be taking time off during the Games, and 77 per cent indicated they wanted to stay in the capital for the two weeks of the Olympics. In total 2.5 million people are expected to take time off work in order to attend Olympics events in person, while 5 million are predicted to take time off to watch on TV.

In contrast to those, nearly a third of respondents (30 per cent) said they wished to ignore the Olympics completely! In terms of getting the hot sunshine we all deserve, we would certainly recommend trying to get away! Check out the weather in Fuerteventura over this period, it’s almost guaranteed to be 32 degrees, whereas in England we’ll be lucky to peak at 25.

Image credit: Ben Sutherland

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