Toon is top of the pops when it comes to stag and hen destinations in 2016

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Stag and hen do specialist, Last Night of Freedom, can reveal that Newcastle was the first choice city destination for both stags and hens in 2016. The findings also show that both stags and hens had Dublin in their top five locations.

Matt Mavir, managing director of Last Night of Freedom

Post-Brexit, the falling value of the pound has made foreign frivolity a fair bit more expensive. We will have to see if this is a sign of things to come; if so, it is certainly good news for UK cities.

For stags, the top five cities in order were Newcastle, Prague, Budapest, Dublin and Nottingham. For hens meanwhile, the top five cities in order were Newcastle, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Manchester – proving home is where the heart is when it comes to stag and hen do locations. Traditional favourites such as Riga, which was in the top five last year, are noticeably absent.

Is this a sign of things to come post-Brexit, and a reflection of the falling value of the pound? The stag industry alone is worth £500 million to the UK economy annually, (http://www.fluxmagazine.com/alternative-stag-weekends/) so the fact more people are choosing to spend their money in the UK is good news.

Managing director of Last Night of Freedom, Matt Mavir, puts 2016’s trends down to a number of factors. “The rise in popularity of Newcastle and Nottingham for stag dos is not a surprise, but the absence of some big European cities certainly is,” said Matt.

“The enduring popularity of Newcastle as a top destination for the Hen do is not really a surprise either, but shunning Barcelona and the Costas is,” he added. “Post-Brexit, the falling value of the pound has made foreign frivolity a fair bit more expensive. We will have to see if this is a sign of things to come; if so, it is certainly good news for UK cities.”

To find out more about Last Night of Freedom, visit http://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/ideas/top-ten-hen-locations-2000-2016/ and http://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/ideas/top-ten-stag-locations-2000-2016/

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