UK travellers look outside the EU for their summer holiday
Turkey has leapfrogged Greece to become the second most popular destination for UK holiday-makers seeking summer sun
London — UK tourists are warming to the idea of a break outside of the EU, as anxiety over travel arrangements post-Brexit and the weakness of the pound compared to the euro make a break in the bloc less attractive. Almost half of all the package holidays booked through tour operator Thomas Cook are to locations outside the eurozone, compared with 38% in 2018, the company said in a report on consumer trends. Turkey has leapfrogged Greece to become the second most popular destination for UK holidaymakers seeking summer sun, with the travel group seeing a 27% uplift in flight bookings to the country from a year earlier. Turkey’s own currency drop — down more than 25% against the pound in the past year — has made it a more affordable destination.
“In the UK, we are living in a time of unprecedented political upheaval” Peter Fankhauser, the company’s CEO, said in a forward to the report. “The prolonged uncertainty around the manner and timing of Britain’s exit from the EU has led ...