Brits picking non-EU holidays for summer getaways increasing

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Travel firm Thomas Cook say 48% of their holiday bookings for this summer are to destinations outside the region, up 10% on the same time last year. 

Turkey has leapfrogged Greece to become this season’s second most popular venue after Spain. 

Tunisia is another non-EU destination faring well, with package trip bookings doubled year-on-year. 

Thomas Cook says the uncertainty over Brexit has led tourists to delay choosing where to go but many seem to want to avoid the usual European countries.

A survey found that holidaymakers regarded taking an overseas summer holiday as “very important”, with the majority saying they are more likely to holiday abroad this year than in 2018.

Will Waggott, chief of tour operating for Thomas Cook, said: “Britain may be living through unique times from a political perspective, however our desire to holiday abroad is clear. 

“Thomas Cook’s 2019 Holiday Report reveals that the political turmoil is having an impact in other ways, revealing itself in a clear shift to non-EU countries and a growth in all-inclusive. 

“Turkey has already overtaken Greece to claim the No 2 spot of most desirable summer destinations and Tunisia is working its way back up the popularity stakes as it re-establishes itself as a hotspot for British tourists.”

The survey also revealed the death of holiday romances for the younger generation. 

Seven in ten 18 to 35-year-olds have never had a holiday romance and 50% say they have no interest in having one. 

Another trend showed more parents were staying home and letting grandparents take kids away. 

Earlier this year The Office of National Statistics revealed a 537% year-on-year rise to 19,000 visits to Turkey in the first quarter of 2018. They also revealed a 2% fall in visits to Europe. 

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