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Britons taking more overseas trips than ever

Spain and the Canary Islands are their most popular destination.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2007 15:47 IST

Britons are travelling overseas more than they ever have before and a record number of people are visiting the country from abroad, a government report released on Wednesday showed.

According to the report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britons took 66.4 million trips abroad in 2005, the latest year for which figures are available, more than three times as many as they took in 1981. Meanwhile, 30 million people visited Britain from overseas in the same year, also a record high.

Plane travel was the dominant way Britons chose to leave the country, with 81 percent flying out, up from 60 per cent in 1981, while those travelling by sea fell to 12 per cent, from 41 per cent.

The ONS Social Trends report listed mainland Spain and the Canary Islands as the most popular destination for Britons travelling abroad, followed by the United States and Ireland in second and third respectively.