Barcelona revealed to be top international stag and hen destination of 2017

08 Dec 2017

A report from StagWeb.co.uk and GoHen.com has unveiled the trends behind stag and hen parties in 2017

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Stag and hen parties are growing in popularity, with brides and grooms constantly on the lookout for more elaborate ways to mark the transition into married life. Stag and hen party providers StagWeb.co.uk and GoHen.com have released their 2017 report, revealing facts and figures about stag and hen party trends.

Despite Brexit negotiations, the weakened pound, and some parts of the travel industry reporting diminishing numbers, stags and hens are spending more than ever. Based on 2017 figures, stag parties spent 50% more in 2017 than in 2013 while hens spent 28% more. The average spend per person was a staggering £191 for stags and £153 for hens. This is despite the size of hen and stag groups decreasing.

The top UK destinations for stag and hen parties are revealed to be Bristol for the men and Bath for the women, suggesting that the South West of England is the place to be. The most popular international destination for both is sunny Barcelona, although the report showed that hens and stags tend to choose their location based on different elements. The bride and her friends are more likely to visit a sunny destination, while stags tend to be influenced by the various activities on offer.

In terms of activities, the report revealed that stags are more likely to opt for action-based games such as bubble football or quad biking, while hens prefer dance classes, cocktail making and afternoon tea. Despite the stereotypes surrounding stag parties, the groom and his buddies are half as likely as hens to ask for nudity during their celebrations.

GoHen’s head of sales, Matt Lay said, “Some of the statistics our report uncovered throws conventional thinking on the difference between stag and hens out the window. It’s also revealed a few surprise destinations, with the UK’s more traditional party destinations such as Brighton, Cardiff and Newcastle falling behind the South West. Previously considered a ‘sleepier’ part of the UK, Bristol and Bath are all favoured locales.”

Read more of the hen and stag party facts and figures here: www.gohen.com/blog/hen-stag-party-statistics-2017/

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