Sunday, May 17, 2009


Cheap holidays coming as travel abroad falls

In the first three months of 2009, British people took 14 % fewer foreign holiday trips compared to the same period last year. (Cheap holidays loom as travel abroad falls)

Tui and Thomas Cook have said sales are down by 12-14 per cent.

Both companies have cut capacity.

However, for the summer of 2009, the number of people booking 'all-inclusive' and 'package holidays' has actually risen.

Particularly popular are Turkey and Egypt, which are considered cheap.

The countries that are getting fewer tourists are the expensive countries using the Euro or Dollar. Greek Cyprus is expected to have some fairly empty beaches.

In Spain, the number of British holidaymakers has fallen 17 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.

In May 2009, Hotel chain Sol Melia reported a 95 % fall in profits for the first quarter of 2009.

There could be millions of empty hotel rooms in certain places and this is good news for independent travellers.

Lawrence Hunt, director of, is quoted in The Times as saying: "Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia are currently selling strongly for this summer and we anticipate a shortage of both seats and hotel beds in some areas here for the summer.

"But Greece, Spain, Portugal, the Canaries and the Algarve are significantly down on hotel bed sales for the summer - and we expect some fantastic bargains for these destinations from late May onwards."

Flights can be a problem.

Airfares to Greece and Cyprus are "rocketing"; fares to Spain and its islands remain low.

The Caravan Club reports that advance bookings for its UK sites are up 40 % this summer.