WHEN all the turkey has been eaten, the last Christmas cracker pulled and 2011 starts to draw to a close, as well as New Year resolutions, people will start thinking about where to jet off to on their summer holidays. So where will the Great British public be heading in 2012 and what trends will we see in the travel market?
Thomson and First Choice have put together their predictions of what the year ahead will have in store.
Although money will continue to be tight for many households, people will not be willing to forgo their annual break in the sun and would prefer to save in other areas.
While still escaping to the sun, customers will be looking for quality breaks away in 2012, which are unique and offer great value for money.
First Choice expects more holidaymakers to select All Inclusive hotels next summer as people will be looking to have more control of their holiday budget.
First Choice will become the Home of All Inclusive in 2012 as it becomes the first large tour operator to sell 100% All Inclusive holidays, so it should be the first port of call for anyone looking for this type of holiday.
The trend for flexibility will continue, as more holidaymakers will be looking for more 10 and 11 night holidays, as one week is too short or they are concerned about leaving their job for a full two weeks.
Thomson and First Choice also expect to see an increase in demand for their unique holiday concepts such as Sensatori, Couples, Families, Holiday Villages and SplashWorld, as Brits look to spend their hard earned cash on a holiday that can’t be found anywhere else.
Traditional Mediterranean getaways are also tipped to be the top hot spots for Summer 2012.
Brits will be flocking to book holidays to the Balearics and mainland Spain, which they know and trust.
However, Thomson and First Choice also expect to see a surge in popularity for up and coming destinations like Cape Verde, Jamaica and Croatia. Mexico is also set to be a top choice for 2012, as it offers real luxury in a stunning location at good prices.