UK COUPLES SET TO SPEND 2.5 MILLION HOURS HONEYMOON- PLANNING THIS YEAR
Emirates Holidays reveals the hottest honeymoon trends to celebrate their appointment of the first ever dedicated ‘Honeymoon Planners’
• Blow The Budget: Brits spend double the money on their honeymoon (£4,011) than on a regular holiday (£2,235)
• Thrill-Seekers: Couples have a thirst for adventure with 43% wanting to travel somewhere new and exciting for a post-nuptials break
• Honeymoon Hoppers: Over half of couples (55%) explore more than one location when on honeymoon
• Family Affair: Nearly half of couples (47%) would consider bringing their family along for a ‘familymoon’
• Romance vs Rooms: British men said a romantic experience topped their list of memorable honeymoon moments (44%), in comparison to women who said amazing accommodation was the most unforgettable (47%)
• Thailand tops the honeymoon hotspots: With enchanting culture and stunning scenery, Thailand is a firm honeymoon-favourite amongst couples and is in Emirates Holidays’ top 5 best-selling destinations seeing a 32% increase in bookings last year
With wedding season fast-approaching, Emirates Holidays has revealed that busy betrothed couples across Britain are spending 2.5 million hours1 preparing for their first holiday as newlyweds, with picking a honeymoon (25%) seen as similarly stressful to selecting the wedding party (19%) and choosing what food to eat on ‘the Big Day’ (27%).
To help avoid any honeymoon-related lovers’ tiffs before the big day, Emirates Holidays has teamed up with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to recruit the first ever dedicated Honeymoon Planners specialising in Thailand; a team of three romance experts who will work with couples to create a bespoke packages to specifically suit their tastes and advise on everything from the big decisions to the little touches that help make a honeymoon truly unforgettable.
BLOW THE BUDGET
On average UK couples spend 9 hours planning their honeymoon, a third more time than they spend thinking about a normal holiday (6 hours 41 minutes). Plus, despite the biggest hurdle Brits overcome when planning their honeymoon being finding the budget to book a memorable trip alongside the expenses of a wedding (38%), couples revealed that on average they splash out almost double the money on their honeymoon (£4,011) than they do on a regular holiday (£2,235).
Nasreen Yousaf, Honeymoon Planner, Emirates Holidays commented, “A honeymoon is the perfect time to indulge whilst celebrating those first magic moments as a married couple, which is why it’s no surprise that we tend to splash out spending double what we’d spend on a holiday. Thailand is a fantastic destination for couples looking to treat themselves with some incredible hotels on offer, from sunset sun lounger views at Six Senses Hideaway on Koh Samui to pre-dinner jungle cocktails in The Treetop Bar at Anantara Mai Khao.”
Avoiding pre-marital spats is high on the agenda for couples in honeymoon planning mode, with one in five (20%) saying that finding a destination to suit both partners was a critical starting point. UK couples tend to have a thirst for adventure though, with going somewhere new and unfamiliar (43%) being one of the most important considerations in the planning process.
Top of the consideration list for weather-obsessed Brits was finding a destination with a good climate the time of year they want to travel, with almost half (47%) saying this was an important factor when booking a honeymoon.
Deciding on a destination (34%) and finding the time to do research (24%) is also high on the list of considerations for honeymoon planning. So, it’s perhaps no surprise that in hindsight, two thirds (62%) of couples wish they’d used a travel agent to take the tension out of honeymoon planning.
Over half of British couples (55%) do at least the double on destinations when on their honeymoon whether within one country (32%) or visiting two or more different countries during their trip (15%). On average, newlyweds enjoy a full two weeks away (14 days) with their loved one, whilst a lucky one in five (17%) indulge in a month or more on honeymoon. Two in three Brits (61%) would love to start married life with a big trip of three weeks or more.
‘The trend of honeymoon-hopping is perhaps why we are seeing an increasing number of couples choosing Thailand as a honeymoon destination,’ says Jordan Rowntree, Honeymoon Planner, Emirates Holidays. ‘ vast cultural diversity, incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes it’s also a really easy country to travel around. For instance, honeymooners who want to hop can travel in style with Anantara Bangkok Riverside’s 3-night cruise, which enables couples to explore by the comfort of a luxurious river boat.’
FAMILY AFFAIR: RISE OF THE FAMILYMOON?
Future brides and grooms could start to honeymoon ‘en masse’ – with almost half of couples (47%) revealing that they would bring their kids, grandparents and extended family along on a ‘familymoon’ and one in five (18%) even considering a ‘buddymoon’ where friends are invited for added fun.
ROMANTICS AT HEART
Whilst British men might not have a reputation for romance, topping the list of memorable honeymoon moments for almost half (44%) was a romantic experience, whereas for women the most unforgettable aspect was staying in amazing accommodation (47%). For both genders, the fact it was extra-special compared to other holidays ranked high on the list for (35%) highlight how it’s the exceptional and unforgettable touches that set honeymoons apart from other holidays.
Danielle Cox, Honeymoon Planner, Emirates Holidays commented: “At Emirates Holidays we understand how stressful and time-consuming it can be planning a honeymoon on top of your other wedding prep. From researching all the options on offer, to making decisions on destination/s, dates, flights, accommodation and activities right through to the booking itself, it’s no surprise that British couples are collectively clocking up more than 2.5 million hours getting their dream trips in the diary.
That’s why it’s our job to make it an altogether easier and more pleasurable experience for couples – inspiring them, advising them and ultimately guiding them through the whole journey to ensuring they don’t miss out on those extra-special touches that make their trips unforgettable. We know that Thailand offers the perfect honeymoon experience which is why I love planning a couple’s first married holiday in the destination – there is nothing more rewarding than hearing that couples have had the best possible time on their once in a lifetime trip”.
Emma Arnott, Trade Manager, Tourism Authority of Thailand commented: “Thailand is the ultimate destination for honeymooners as there is truly something for everyone – from the serene jungle clad mountains in the North with its sense of soft adventure down through the bustling city of Bangkok with its picturesque markets and lively nightlife. Not to forget the 1,500 miles of beautiful coastline surrounding the southern islands where newlyweds can’t fail to have an incredible experience seeing some of the best dive sites and wildlife spots in the world. Thailand is bursting with beautiful and unforgettable sights and sounds both on and off the beaten track. All this delivered by the famous gentle and warm welcome of the Thai people. We’re delighted to be working with Emirates Holidays to help couples explore how can they treat themselves to amazing Thailand.”