Where we are holidaying this summer

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one of the most popular destination for Brits

It will surprise no one that Spain and its islands are once again the most popular destination for summer holidays this year. After all, it’s been the same for decades.

Last week both TUI and the European Travel Commission both came out with forecasts of where Britons will holiday this summer and it has thrown up some interesting thoughts. The tour operator says that Greece will be the second most popular destination followed by Cyprus, Turkey and Mexico. Mexico is, once again the top long-haul destination and Cancun is the preferred destination there.

Much of Europe prefers to holiday in Europe or North Africa. Just the Dutch and ourselves  have a long haul-destination, the Dutch have Curacao in the Caribbean and we opting for Mexico.

Time for a trip to Tenerife?

as is Tenerife

Breaking the country destinations down, Britons favour Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Paphos in Cyprus whilst Antalya is the most popular resort in Turkey and, in Greece, Crete, Rhodes and Kos are the top choices. In Mexico it is Cancun that attracts more of us than any other destination. for holidays in Greece.

But TUI, although it is the largest tour operator in the UK is just one company. What does the more independent European Travel Commission (ETC) say? In its Trends & Prospects report for the second quarter of this year it says that all 33 member countries have reported growth in tourism and on third of  those  have seen growth in excess of 10%. Turkey, up 33%, is “enjoying a strong recovery – following a bleak 2016 and 2017.” Croatia was up 27% trailed and Montenegro, 22%. Arrivals growth in Malta (+18%) and Cyprus (+15%) they say, is fuelled by additional numbers of cruise ships visiting.

Corfu is one of the most popular greek destinations

Visits by the British and Germans to Spain and Portugal are down the ETC says and this may be because of the resilience of Turkey this year.  That Turkey has seen a decline in its currency of about 15% over the last few months suggests that more of us will be tempted to travel there late this summer and into the autumn.

It says holiday growth in Spain is up by 2% and Portugal, 4% but as tourism is growing by about 6%, then those two destinations are losing holiday share. They have lost 1.6% and 6.3% respectively of British holidaymakers which the ETC says are significant since the UK is a large source market for both.

Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus

…as is the Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus

Two countries are expanding their share of British holidaymakers in leaps and bounds. Croatia reported 58.2% more arrivals and 60.7% more overnights in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago and Slovenia reported significant growth (60%) from the UK. It seems that, at long last, Britons are waking up to the charms of the country.

Hungary, Norway, Romania, Denmark, Iceland and Serbia reported that fewer Britons visited their countries in 2018 so far and, whilst there was an increase of 1.1% in the number of Britons visiting Ireland, this is still down on the numbers holidaying there a few years ago.

If you wondered why the new World Cup champions, France, haven’t been mentioned it is because there are not included in the ETC report but it would surprise many if Britons are stil journeying to France in their millions!

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