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Singled out

6 Nov 2006

Single people are not being catered for as well as those in relationships when it comes to holidays, according to new research.

The World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2006, carried out by market analyst Euromonitor International, looked at trends in the UK.

It found that the singles holiday sector could be doing more to tap into the increasing market of singles in the country.

Single person households accounted for 30% of all households in the UK in 2005 and with the age at which people get married rising in recent decades, there are more financially-stable singles than ever before.

Despite this, the report found that single people are not well catered for and often find themselves paying more per-person than other travellers.

'Single people today are currently being turned off from holidaying alone by the financial penalties they face, such as surcharges on accommodation,' said Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International's global travel and tourism manager.

'They also have concerns over safety and security abroad and some feel uncomfortable with the social stigma of dining alone on holiday,' she added.

Ms Bremner went on to say that single travellers can usually be put into two categories, with those who take a vacation in order to find a partner and those who are seeking adventure.

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