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Spain is Brits' number one world holiday choice for 2019, despite Brexit concerns
05 May 2019 @ 23:55

SPAIN continues to be the top holiday destination for Brits, despite Brexit, according to tour operator Thomas Cook.

Although the number of UK residents who have booked their annual trips in European Union countries has gone down this year, following a continuing trend since the referendum on leaving the bloc in June 2016, Spain is still the most-chosen country for British holidaymakers.

Thomas Cook says nearly half of all trips across the industry, not just through their own agencies, booked for this year are in countries outside Europe – 48% overall, or 10% higher than in 2018.

But Spain accounts for the most bookings, followed by Turkey, Greece, the USA and Cyprus, in that order.

Holidays in Tunisia are now experiencing an upsurge as the British foreign office lifted its recommendation against all but necessary travel to the north African Mediterranean country just over a year ago.

The advice against travel to Tunisia was put in place in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack on a hotel beach in Sousse in June 2015, which ISIS claimed to have perpetrated and in which over 30 people – nearly all tourists and mostly Brits – were killed.

Chief executive of Thomas Cook, Peter Frankhauser, said it was still 'early days' in terms of working out how far the delay in the Brexit deadline until October 31 had had a positive or negative effect on package holiday booking figures, but that there was 'little doubt' that 'prolonged uncertainty' about the 'form Brexit would take' or the exact moment of departure from the EU had 'led to many customers taking a raincheck on their summer holiday plans' for this year.



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