Britain is divided into a nation of holiday ‘splashers’ – those who spend money on new outfits and beauty must-haves in preparation for looking great on the beach – and ‘re-hashers’ – those who don’t spend anything at all on new clothes or treatments ahead of their annual vacation – reveals research released today (Monday 6 November) at World Travel Market London – the leading global event for the travel industry.
The World Travel Market London 2017 Industry Report reveals two-thirds of UK holidaymakers are in the ‘go out and spend’ category, with some forking out £300 or more on getting ‘beach ready’. The remaining 33% subscribe to the ‘make do and mend’ mindset of previous generations, who managed with what they had.
Of the splashers, 33% spend up to £100; 16% spend in the region of £100-£199 and 6% spend somewhere between £200-£299.
A further 4% spend £300 or more, while 8% are not sure how much they spend.
Over half of spenders splash out on clothes and shoes, with 86% saying they buy one or more new outfits and 54% buying new footwear. Almost half (46%) buy a new bikini or swimwear.
Beach-ready beauty treatments are also popular among pre-holiday cash splashers, with 24% spending money on a manicure/pedicure and 24% paying for a spray tan.
Seven percent paid to have their teeth whitened before going on their last holiday, while 4% said they paid for cosmetic surgery to ensure they look their best on the beach.
WTM London’s Paul Nelson, said: “Pre-holiday preparation is a huge business and most of us want to look our best on the beach, particularly as we post so many selfies on social media these days.
“Despite the fact two thirds of UK holidays ‘go out and spend’, one in three have a ‘make do and mend’ attitude to holidays and don’t feel the need to fork out for new clothes, shoes, beauty treatments or cosmetic surgery.
“It’d be interesting to see whether other holidaymakers would be able to spot the ‘splasher’ from the ‘re-hasher’ on the beach.”
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