A new study by Travelzoo shows British tourists look set to change their travel habits, with the US taking the crown as the country Brits most want to visit in 2016.

Almost a third of respondents (32%) nominated it as the destination they most want to visit in 2016, narrowly beating Italy (31%) into second place.

With 30% indicating they plan to stay in the UK next year, Spain was pushed into fourth place with 25%.

The annual Travel Trends survey also confirmed that long-haul travel is experiencing an unprecedented level of interest for next year.

Commenting on the findings, the company's head of communications, Louise Hodges, said: “British travel habits are changing and 2016 is very much looking to be the 'year of the US’, with record levels of interest in holidays to both the East and West Coast. For the first time, America has overtaken European favourites such as Italy, France and Spain as the most desired holiday destination for British travellers. With four long-haul destinations now in the top ten and airlines opening up new travel routes that take advantage of the lower cost of fuel, we expect to see long-haul destinations continuing to grow in popularity in 2016.”

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