Brits are looking to get away for NYE, Airbnb reports

Research released by Airbnb today (17 December) has found that 83% of Brits would like to get away from their home city or town on 31 December.

Brits are looking to get away for New Year's Eve, with many citing the celebration as stressful (GLA/ Kois Miah)
Brits are looking to get away for New Year's Eve, with many citing the celebration as stressful (GLA/ Kois Miah)

The survey of 1,000 people found that a fifth (20%) of respondents believe New Year’s Eve to be the most stressful time of year, and a third (28%) would like to celebrate the occasion as far away from home as possible. 

According to Airbnb, over a million people are expected to stay in its listings on New Year’s Eve. Of these, 10,500 people have chosen cabins in the woods, 100 are heading to private islands, and 20 have opted to bring in the New Year in an igloo.

Peoples’ chosen company on the night includes their partner (51%), family members (41%) and friends (32%).

The cities of London, Paris and New York have so far received the most bookings via the online hospitality company platform, with 30,000 visitors expected in each city on the night.

More obscure locations are also proving popular this year. Fukuoaka in Japan has experienced a 1287% increase in bookings from last year, meanwhile bookings for properties in Acapulco, Mexico are up 519%.

James McClure, general manager, Airbnb UK and Ireland said: "New Year’s Eve can be a stressful time of year and sometimes by the time Christmas is over people can feel that they need another holiday, so we’re not surprised that we experienced our highest number of guests ever on 31 December last year.

"This New Year’s Eve we’re expecting over a million people to stay in Airbnbs across the globe, more than double the number of guests that we saw on the same night in 2015."

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