The big week for bookings

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Douz in the desert area of Tunisia – the market in action. Wold that all these people be overseas visitors instead of locals

This week is, supposedly, the busiest time for booking summer holidays.

The sales are on by any number of tour operators including the big three, TUI, Thomas Cook and Jet 2. Airlines have sales and the train companies should follow as well.

One country that will be eagerly looking at early sales figures will be Tunisia. After the lean period of the last few years it achieved a notable year with – according to Agence Tunis Afrique Press – 8.3 million visitors travelling to the country in 2018. This was up by nearly 18% but it doesn’t reveal the whole story. The largest number of visitors came from France and Algeria. In the god years the UK would have been amongst the top source but, of course, when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifter the ban it was too late for British tour operators to mountain a big campaign. More Brits holidayed in the country than in any of the previous few years but this year there should be hundreds of thousands. That is why the tourist office in London will be looking at the bookings from this week when they are made available.

Another country that will be looking at our booking habits will be Spain. Last year there was a slight decline in percentage terms as Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and Greece became more popular. Will they lose a few more thousand Britons to other countries or will there be a bounce back?

Overshadowing all this may be Brexit. Despite the EU and the UK government saying it will be business as normal this summer, will holidaymakers be deterred and book outside the EU instead of traditional favourites like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France, Ireland and Germany? Will we be looking more at Mexico, Cuba, the USA, North Africa, Turkey and Asia? Will we holiday at home instead?

When this week’s figures are released, there will be more than usual interest in what and where we are booking

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