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Hotelbeds Group confirms UK as main source market, reveals top destinations for British travelers

Hotelbeds Group confirms UK as main source market, reveals top destinations for British travelers

Hotelbeds Group, the business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry globally, has revealed today – ahead of World Travel Market in London from 6-8 November – the trends for UK source market bookings through its platform during the full financial year of ´16/´17 .

The United Kingdom once again remains the world´s most important source market for Hotelbeds Group, where the Group offers UK intermediaries access to over 120,000 hotels, 21,000 transfer routes and 12,000 activities, available in over 180 destinations globally.

Spain is the top country for British travelers whose bookings were made via the Group´s platform, with Mallorca followed by Tenerife as their favorite places to enjoy holidays. This reveals a clear preference for the sun and beach tourism. By number of bookings, these were followed by the Algarve (Portugal), Orlando (USA) and Benidorm (Spain).

The average stay of British travelers in these destinations was six nights, with only Orlando surpassing the average to reach seven nights per stay.

Additionally, as a destination, the trends registered by Hotelbeds Group´s platform globally also reveal that the main source of tourism for the UK was internal travelers, followed by Spanish, North American, German and Chinese tourists.

Carlos Muñoz, Bedbank Managing Director at Hotelbeds Group, commented: “We are very satisfied to confirm that the UK is our main source market. The trends reflect the priorities of British travellers for their holidays: again we see the absence of some of the previously typical countries around the Mediterranean basin because of ongoing concerns about geopolitical instability – and as a company we have adapted our hotel portfolio to reflect these preferences. On behalf of Hotelbeds Group I want to thank all our loyal clients for the work we carry on together every day. We remain committed to offering the best hotels and holiday products, under the best conditions, to all our customers.”

Hotelbeds Group will participate next week at the World Travel Market fair in London, taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November (stand GV100).

On Wednesday 8th of November at 2.30pm, the company will host a panel discussion called ´The future of hotel distribution technology´ on the WTM Travel Tech Theatre (TT390).

The panel will be hosted by Sam Turner, Head of Sales at Hotelbeds Group, and features Markus Keller, Senior Vice President at Accor Hotels, Jonny Marsh, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at loveholidays, and Bluecy Zhang, Vice President of Sourcing at Haoqiao. Together they will explore their views on the challenges and opportunities hotels are facing from disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data, along with the entrance into the field of new technology players.

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