In a recent poll by Thomson and First Choice the majority of respondents said they plan to take a holiday next year despite the recession.

The online survey found that 80% expect to take a 2010 break despite the current economic climate and it would not change their holiday plans.

Almost 1,000 people took part in the survey and half of the respondents said they would spend the same as this year with almost a quarter (24%) planning to spend more.

Of those people who said the recession had changed their holiday plans this year, around six per cent said they had considered package holidays as offering extra security in the case of an airline collapse. Those considering booking all-inclusive holidays rises from 10% to 16% for next year.

The operators’ say that many hotels have changed their board basis to satisfy consumer demand for 2010. Bookings for cruises are also strong and the findings indicated that travellers may be going further afield next year as well – more than 23% said they will look to buy a longer flight for the same price as one nearer to home.

Six out of ten people say they would be more likely to book with a company which showed greener business practices.

A negative impact for travellers next year will be the rise in Air Passenger Duty from November this year, increasing the tax on long haul flights – typically 12 hours or more - from £40 to £80.

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