Average holiday spend 'to increase'

Britons are planning to increase their holiday spending this year, according to a new survey.

They intend to fork out an average of £3,890 on overseas breaks in 2012, an increase of more than £300 on the figure for 2011, the poll from Visa Europe shows.

Accommodation is set to be the biggest expense, followed by travel to and from the destination.

The largest proportion of in-resort holiday spending will be on eating out and drinking in bars.

Analysis of cardholder spending by Visa Europe shows that UK tourists spent £12.4 billion on their foreign holidays last year, a rise of 2% on the figure for 2010.

Spain was the most popular getaway for Britons in 2011, with £1.8 billion spent there.

France (where £1.5 billion was spent), USA (£1 billion), Italy (£560 million) and Australia (£517 million) were the next most popular holiday destinations based on UK expenditure.

UK tourists spent nearly £900 million on enjoying the local entertainment while away and a further £70 million on food and drink in-destination.

The survey, involving 2,050 adults, shows that a number of Britons are planning September visits abroad in order to enjoy the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympics earlier in the summer.