The 2009 Thomson and First Choice annual trends report includes survey results from a nationally representative independent online survey completed by 917 people and was carried out by eDigitalResearch in July 2009. A further 800 Thomson and First Choice customers also completed an online survey over the same period.

Around half the people surveyed are planning to spend the same as this year and an encouraging 24 percent are counting on spending more. Of those people who said the recession had changed their holiday plans this year, around six percent said they had considered package holidays this year so as to offer extra security in case an airline collapsed. But that figure more than doubles to 13 percent for 2010.

A large proportion of travellers (46 percent) said they would use the recession to book five-star hotels at three or four star prices. Travellers may be going further afield next year as well