British tourists choose to expand their holiday horizons

Brits ditch home tourism
In 2009 the ‘staycation’ become one of the most popular holiday choices for British tourists. Instead of booking holidays abroad, Brits decided to stay at home and take advantage of the many tourist sites in the UK. However 2010 has brought back the demand for far flung holiday destinations such as Egypt according to leading travel operators. Although the worst of the ‘credit crunch’ is behind us tourists are still considering the best value for money when it comes to choosing a holiday destination, the travel industry associated Abta has revealed that holidaymakers are choosing long haul destinations to escape the weakness of the pound in Europe. It seems however that instead of choosing a value for money destination, tourists are opting for experience for money to ensure that they get the most out of their holiday.
Egypt is currently the most popular holiday destination, topping the ranks at many of the leading holiday operator’s sites. With two new resorts opening this year the Egyptian government has estimated that 14 million tourists will arrive in the country throughout 2010. Turkey and Morocco are also firm favourites and are expected to draw large number of British tourists over the year.
Tom Hall, travel editor of the popular Lonely Planet guide has stated that ‘there’s no denying you can save more money by going outside the Euro zone and then there’s the thrill of discovering new places. Morocco, Egypt and, depending on where you go, Turkey, can feel a world away from more familiar destinations but are only four hours away, with radically different food, culture and language.’

Author: Archie Arch
Date: 01/03/2010

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