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EXPEDIA.CO.UK FINDS BRITS LEAVING VALENTINE’S DAY PLANS TILL THE LAST MINUTE

Press release   •   Feb 11, 2014 00:00 GMT

London, UK: 11 February 2014 – Valentine’s Day is becoming an increasingly last minute affair for time-strapped Brits. Expedia.co.uk, part of the world’s largest online travel agent, revealed today that just half of Brits plan to celebrate Valentine’s day this year. Of those, 63% will leave a week or less to plan their romantic outings. 35% of Brits would leave making arrangements till 3-7 days before with a third (29%) leaving planning till 0-2 days before.

With shorter lead times, practicality is key as planning and ease of booking (28%) and value for money (26%) are cited as important considerations for Brits selecting romantic settings in which to celebrate.  

The younger generation appear to be leading the romantic charge when it comes to Valentine’s Day 2014 with nearly 2/5 (37%) of 18-34 year olds responding that organising the perfect romantic setting is their biggest factor in planning for Valentine’s. For this generation Valentine’s is just as much about doing something different as an excuse to be romantic. For the 45-54 year old age group, whilst Valentine’s is a rare excuse to be romantic – budget is the prime concern in their planning with nearly a third saying they are looking to keep it cheap this year.

Overseas, the French and Italians, known for being traditionally more romantic, have been shown to spend more on Valentine’s Day than the British. The average French person is planning on spending £76.18 this Valentine’s Day compared with £49.36 for the British average. The Italians lead on spending for Valentine’s Day, with the average Italian person is planning on spending £77.47compared with £49.36 for the British average.

“Getting a great Valentine’s Day deal doesn’t have to mean losing the romance. Whether you’re looking for classic romance or the chance to experience something new a weekend getaway is a great treat for couples – and needn’t break the bank,” said Andy Washington, Managing Director of Expedia.co.uk.“All too often Valentine’s seems to creep up on us and we find ourselves panicking with nothing planned, so our mobile app is the ideal way to discreetly book – and enjoy great value last minute savings.  .”

To make the most of your Valentine’s Day in terms of ease, cost and creativity, Expedia.co.uk have come up with a complete Valentine’s Day guide which to suit all tastes and budgets: http://expediablog.co.uk/holi-dating-ideas/

3 Great Valentine’s Date Ideas from Expedia and dating experts, DoingSomething.co.uk

1 ESCAPE TO THE CITY OF LOVE FOR A TRADITIONAL ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY

There's no better place to take that special someone than the city of love itself. Famous for its pastries, Angelina is home to some of the most decadent desserts in Paris so you can fall in love over a chocolate dessert. Spend the weekend visiting famous art galleries, sampling wine and cheese and visit the Moulin Rouge for a Valentine’s to remember.

And if you want to learn the art of Parisian cuisine for yourself from market to plate this fun cooking class could be the answer.

Expedia Deal

Two night hotel stay at the four star Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur for £276 per person based on two people sharing a superior room with a king bed. This includes the Eurostar service from London St Pancras departing 14th February 2014. This hotel is located in Paris close to the popular hotspots Moulin Rouge, Sacred Heart Basilica, and Louvre Museum. Also nearby are Arc de Triomphe and Galeries Lafayette. For reservations, visit www.expedia.co.uk or call 0330 123 1235.

2. WOO HER WITH CHOCOLATE ON A LONDON CHOCOLATE TOUR

Does anything go together better than romance and chocolate? Spend a romantic day or weekend in London taking in all the sights and enjoying a delicious day of chocolate tasting. Hit the streets of London with an appetite for sweets, and visit some of the many chocolatiers that the city boasts. Indulge in a wide variety of delectable confections as you visit a handful of chocolate shops and candy stores. Try chocolate-covered coffee beans, the best chocolate caramel in the world, and even the Queen's favourite chocolate. Visit small sweet shops, bakeries, and truffle stores.

Expedia Deal

The London Chocolate Tour for just £30 per person includes a guided tour and samples at 7 chocolate shops including Selfridges. A two night stay at the four star Rydges Kensington London Hotelis available for just £133 per person. For reservations, visitwww.expedia.co.uk or call 0330 123 1235.

3. FOR A VALENTINES WITH A DIFFERENCE TRY A TRABI SAFARI AND A CURRYWURST IN BERLIN

Currywurst is an institution in Berlin. There's no better place to try this unusual combination of pork sausage, ketchup and curry powder than Konnopke's Imbiss. Catch Berlin’s historical wonders from one of East Berlin’s most iconic cars. Rent a Trabi for the day and get an insider’s view of Berlinand then spend the rest of the weekend dining at the fine restaurants.

Expedia Deal

Two night hotel stay at the five star Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection for just £357 per person. This includes an Easyjet flight from London, Luton to Berlin departing  14th February 2014. This luxury hotel is located in Berlin (Charlottenburg), close to Theatre of the West, Berlin Zoo, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Also nearby are Victory Column and Schloss Charlottenburg. For reservations, visit www.expedia.co.uk or call 0330 123 1235.

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