2008 News Archive - Holidays - 'Bargain' Turkey attracts Brits

03 07 2008

Turkey is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination for Brits, especially in light of the rising cost of the euro, it has been reported.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, while holiday "mainstays" such as France, Italy and Majorca will continue to draw in UK tourists, cheaper non-eurozone European are gaining ground in terms of attracting tourism.

"UK tourists have woken up to the fact that the euro is stronger than it was last year, but it's not dissuading people from going on holiday," the publication quotes Mark Nancarrow, managing director of financial services at Thomas Cook as saying.

Meanwhile, Dermot Halpin, president of Expedia in Europe noted that mid-haul locations like Turkey "are on the up".

Turkey is popular due to low cost accommodation and affordable Turkish lira, with figures showing that UK arrivals to the Turkey rose by almost ten percent in May 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

Meanwhile, Travel Daily News recently reported that according to World Tourism Organisation UNTWO statistics, international tourism grew at around five per cent during the first quarter of 2008.

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