Holidays: Most popular summer holiday destinations revealed - four of top 10 are in Spain - Express
Posted: 19 Jul 2019 09:01 PM PDT
Holidays to Spain and the USA are the most popular among British travellers new research has shown. Travel comparison site KAYAK examined the searches which took place on their website to identify the top places Britons want to head to. The most searched international holiday destination by Britons for Summer 2019 was found to be New York, USA. American destinations nabbed two spots in the list of top ten while Spain garnered four.
The second most popular holiday destination was Bangkok in Thailand while Alicante in Spain came third.
In fourth place was Orlando in the USA followed by Malaga in Spain in fifth position.
Completing the top ten were Faro, Portugal; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Toronto, Canada.
John-Lee Saez, Managing Director, KAYAK Europe, told Express.co.uk: "We see destinations often topping the list due to their warm temperatures and being easy to reach, with many locations in Europe on the most searched list having been popular for several years.
"UK holidaymakers love the sun, sea and sand offered by nearby European trips to the likes of Spain and Portugal.
"These easy-to-get-to places have regular flights year-round so are really accessible.
"Whether you're heading off for your annual summer holiday or a mini-break – the summer sun is almost always guaranteed and just a few hours away.
"Searches for cities such as Amsterdam and Barcelona are often highest for long weekends thanks to the short travel time and a range of sights to explore, whilst long-haul trips to locations further afield such as Bangkok, New York and Orlando offer an entirely new experience.
"From idyllic islands around Thailand to the lure of the Big Apple and family-friendly activities in Orlando, these destinations can appeal to a range of holidaymakers including backpackers, city slickers and those with young ones."
Research from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has also shown how holidays to Spain are the number one break of choice for thousands of Britons.
In 2018, over 13,615,245 British tourists headed to Spanish destinations - roughly 11,000,000 more than any other country.
KAYAK also teamed up with online restaurant-reservation service OpenTable to create a tipping etiquette guide for the popular holiday destinations.
"UK holiday-goers travelling to various city and beach locations across sunny Spain this summer should be prepared to do as the Spanish do and leave a national average tip of 5-6 per cent when dining out," the teams said.
As for America: "With the US being named twice in the top 10 list, UK holiday-goers should be aware of the unique US tipping custom.
"A nation known for its big tipping, the study revealed that 24 per cent of Americans believe a generous 19-20 per cent tip should be left if you have experienced good service when dining out."
It was a different matter in Portugal, though. "Portuguese people don't traditionally tip at restaurants. Almost a quarter of Portuguese diners (23 per cent) unveiled that they consider a 1-2 per cent tip an acceptable tip for good service when dining out," said OpenTable and KAYAK.
Most Searched UK International Holiday Destinations by Brits for Summer 2019
1. New York, United States
2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Alicante, Spain
4. Orlando, United States
5. Malaga, Spain
6. Faro, Portugal
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Barcelona, Spain
9. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
10. Toronto, Canada
Posted: 01 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT
Bitcoin is more popular than the royal wedding, and the world's biggest reality television star?
Those are essentially the findings of a new study by cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. According to the data, not only have more than half of Americans heard of bitcoin (BTC-USD), but more of them have searched for it this year on Google than Kim Kardashian this year.
In fact, three times more.
"We look at Google searches of Kim Khadashian, of election results, of the royal wedding, and Bitcoin topped all of those," said Nina Willdorf, Coinbase's director of content & editorial on "YFi PM."
"We found that awareness is quite high: 60% of Americans say they've heard of bitcoin," she said. "When you compare that to other broad phenomenon, it's great."
Bitcoin has been on a seesaw, rallying to 2019 highs near $13,000 but retracing some of those gains in the last few sessions. Still the cryptocurrency has more than tripled since the start of the year.
That could be because there is a high correlation between Google searches for bitcoin and its price action, according to a note by research firm SEMrush.
'Broad swaths of the U.S.'
It's not surprising that California, a wealthy coastal state, has the highest percentage of the population owning cryptocurrency. However, the Coinbase study also revealed a few surprises.
"We saw broad swaths of the United States showing up. You see states like Colorado, Utah, Alaska in that top 10 list. That was a very interesting indicator for us," said Willdorf.
Coinbase also looked at states with the largest average value of cryptocurrency owned per person. Surprisingly, Delaware residents hold the highest average value of cryptocurrency per person, followed by California and Nevada.
Wyoming (No. 6) and New Hampshire (No. 10) also made the list.
So why are so many retail investors betting on bitcoin?
"We spoke to one person, he's saying that he's looking to it as a way to drive his own economic freedom. He says this is something for 'my generation' this is something that's giving us a new form of access," said Willdorf.
For others, having access to buy cryptocurrency without an "accredited investor" designation is also a motivator. Also, some like its association with technology, and the shape of things to come.
"A young woman in New York tells us that this is really interesting and she thinks it's going to be the wave of the future," said Willdorf.
Crypto is here to stay
Even big banks are getting in on the digital currency hype. Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO David Solomon told France's Les echos newspaper that he's looking into ways to transform currencies or assets into tradeable digital contracts with blockchain.
Also, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) said earlier this year it developed its own stable coin called JPM Coin.
Lawmakers also want in on cryptocurrency, with more than 70% of U.S. states having enacted regulations governing cryptocurrency or blockchain technology, according to Coinbase.
Cryptocurrencies may not be everybody's cup of tea, but Willdorf says the numbers reveal it still has a lot of room to grow.
"When you see 60% of Americans telling us in this survey that they've heard of Bitcoin, that number shows it's both big and it also shows room to grow. When you see 15% across the country are saying they are interested in purchasing cryptocurrency," she said.
Grete Suarez is producer at Yahoo Finance for YFi PM and The Ticker. Follow her on Twitter: @GreteSuarez
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