Summer holiday destinations

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I have been a little surprised at the destinations that seem to be topping the lists of travel agency and tour operator bookings.

Cancun – an aerial shot – is high on the list for Britons

Why?

Because I thought that two things, Brexit and COVID-19, would widen the choices people would be making.

I thought that Brexit might some people wary of travelling to EU countries since horror stories about long queues at airport border checks might deter some people but that doesn’t seem to be the case so far. The traditional hotspots of Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands are topping most lists so far. TUI, easyJet and Jet 2 holidays have all reported strong booking for Spain.

Greece and Portugal have been close behind in bookings as has been Cyprus. All are EU countries and all will be – supposedly – treating British visitors differently in passport control and health protocols.

The only country to creep amongst the top nations that is outside the EU is Turkey. It might have been expected that other countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde might see higher bookings, but that seems not to be the case.

The other impact that made me wonder about destination choices was the impact of the pandemic.  More remote destinations with wide-open spaces and not so crowded were widely tipped at the turn of the year but there is little evidence so far that people are opting for those type of holidays.

Co-op Holidays is the latest company to issue its list of top destinations but it is based on searches not bookings. But it isn’t that different from the others. Tenerife and Alicante are the top two destinations with Dalaman in Turkey being in fourth place and Fuerteventura, Corfu and Lanzarote being in 7th, 8th and 9th places. There is no place for Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Mallorca or Menorca so may be those people who look at the Co-op website are longer at less visited places.

The other destinations in the list (and in order) are Cancun in Mexico, Orlando, the Dominican Republic and New York.

None is known as being quiet and off-the-beaten track so it seems to indicate that people either don’t mind crowds or believe that the vaccine is the way forward in opening up travel.

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