Travel agents have seen a welcome rise in last-minute bookings for overseas holidays on the back of poor UK summer weather.
Home working group Travel Counsellors saw a ten per cent increase on Wednesday for peak dates.
The Co-operative Travel saw that bookings last weekend were 9.4% ahead of the equivalent weekend last year.
The independent travel retailer’s retail distribution director Trevor Davis said: “We believe many people put off booking a summer holiday, believing early media reports predicting a blazing summer would mean they could stay at home and still enjoy the sunshine.
“With the Met Office now cooling its predictions for good summer weather in August, hopefully we’ll see a continued rise in bookings.”
Majorca is the top destination, following by Dalaman in Turkey and Crete.
Bulgaria represents the best value, according to The Co-operative Travel’s research of more than 150,000 bookings, with the average per person cost of a package holiday falling £68, from £472 to £404.
to see original article by Phil Davies, Friday, 31st July, 2009