South America calls

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As summer recedes and the temperatures drop, those lucky enough to be able to get away for a winter sun break might want to consider South America. With the South American summer approaching, the number of Britons holidaying there is still comparatively low despite the increase in direct flights services to many South American capitals.

Puerta Vallarta in Mexico. Mexico is the most popular destination in Central and South America for British travellers.

With assistance from the research firm, Forward Keys, the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) has looked at travel booked by Britons to the continent and assessed where we like to go.

Looking at air reservations made in the twelve months up to the end of July, there is a decrease of 1.9% in people from the UK booking flights to the continent as a whole. But then flight numbers to all destinations from the UK have shown a drop of 2.1% so South America has held better than some parts of the world.

Flight bookings up until 31 July for departures in the next six months (between August 2019 and January 2020) from the UK indicate that key growth destinations include Ecuador (up 25.1%), Dominican Republic (24.1%),  Costa Rica (20.3%) and Chile (8.3% ) when compared to the same booking period in 2018.

Argentina has also seen a significant increase over the coming six months (up 4.6%) making it the fourth most popular destination for Britons in terms of future flight reservations.  That could jump quite a bit given the weakness of Argentina’s currency against sterling over the last few weeks making holidays in Argentina cheaper.

Destinations including Bolivia, Guyana and Belize are also performing well with significant increases in bookings over the next six months (+17.4%, +6.1% and +5.4% respectively). 

It will not surprise readers to know that Mexico is still the most popular region for British holidaymakers. Based on flight reservations over the last twelve months, LATA says 22.7% of us go to Mexico.

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