ABTA’s Annual MP Holiday Survey reveals MPs’ foreign holiday plans

Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016

Parliamentary summerWith the Parliamentary summer recess (21 July to 5 September 2016) well underway, around three quarters of MPs (74%1) say they are likely to have a holiday abroad this summer, according to research for ABTA carried out by ComRes. This is steady with last summer when 77%2 were planning to take a break.

 

MPs are more likely to take a holiday abroad than the general public, 54%3 of whom took a foreign holiday last year.

 

Despite the impending Labour leadership election, the Labour MPs surveyed were more likely than their Conservative counterparts to say they will have a holiday abroad this summer; 78% of Labour MPs state this, compared to 69% of Conservatives. Of the MPs surveyed so far in 2016, compared with last year, Conservative MPs are less likely to be planning a holiday abroad; 82% of Conservatives and 73% of Labour MPs stated they were planning a summer holiday in 2015.

 

‘I am likely to have a holiday abroad this summer’

All parties Conservative MPs Labour MPs
2016 74% 69% 78%
2015 77% 82% 73%

 

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive, said: “Peak holiday season is well and truly upon us and after an incredibly eventful few months on the domestic political stage our survey shows that a majority of MPs are clearly looking forward to a holiday abroad this Summer.

 

“As they enjoy their break in the sun, we’d ask them to think about the high level of air passenger duty they and their constituents will have paid on flights, and to support ABTA’s push for the Government to scrap or reduce the tax for the benefit of the economy as well as local families.”

 

  1. ComRes interviewed 118 MPs online and via paper self-completion questionnaire between 10th June and 21st July 2016. Data were weighted to be representative of the House by party and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
  2. ComRes interviewed 150 MPs online and via paper self-completion questionnaire between 21st May and 3rd July 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of the House by party and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. k
  3. Consumer research was conducted by Arkenford Ltd (www.arkenford.co.uk) who specialise in tourism and leisure market research. The ABTA Consumer Trends survey generated response from a nationally representative sample of 2003 consumers using an online research methodology and related to holiday booking habits in the 12 months to August 2015. Fieldwork was conducted in July/August 2015.

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