According to UK travel gurus Thomas Cook, Turkey and Spain are among the most popular 2011 holiday destinations for Brits in search of a little sunshine.
Renowned for its scorching summer temperatures and great value package holidays, Turkey has long been popular with UK travellers in search of a cheap and cheerful fortnight in the sun.
And despite the high profile fiasco with Turkish tour operators Goldtrail last year, it seems that our appetite for Turkish delight continues unabated – with Turkish resorts topping the charts as the destinations attracting the most interest for summer 2011.
Traditional European destinations
Giving Turkey a run for its money this year, according to early figures from travel analysts Gfk Ascent, are the Spanish Islands, mainland Spain, Italy and Cyprus, with bookings for traditional sunbreak destinations in Europe up 6% on last year.
Behind these mainstays lies the US, with fly drive packages to Florida accounting for much of the interest – particularly with families and the over 50s market.
When asked about their bookings for summer 2011, Thomas Cook Sales Director Joanna Wild said:
“Our stores across the country have been busy fielding enquiries for holidays to destinations ranging from Antalya to Zante. No doubt helped by the continued cold weather!”
“With holidaymakers taking advantage of our traditional post-Christmas early booking deals, the most popular summer 2011 queries have been for Turkey and the Spanish mainland and islands, while winter queries are showing a lean towards the islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote in the Canaries as many look to defrost in warmer climes.”