1.5 million brits heading to the sun this weekend

20-08-2013
Majorca is one of the most popular destinations this Bank Holiday weekend in Britain with 1.5 million people jetting off to spend the Jubilee weekend in the sun. But, it is not a case of people trying to get away from the Jubilee celebrations, many will be celebrating in the sunshine, especially in Majorca. The bank holiday weekend has fallen in time for half term and families are packing up and either coming to Majorca or going to the Canaries, Cyprus or the mainland, the other three top destinations, all of which are also offering cheap deals. But, tour operators have also got the World Cup to consider and many operators are providing their clients with timetables of when the matches are and at which local bars they can watch the games. Obviously this morning is going to be busy, bars and terraces will be packed as thousands of England fans watch the match against Sweden over breakfast in the sun. For those planning on going out for lunch, getting a table should not be a problem as Spain kicks off at 1.30 and restaurants are braced for a 50 per cent drop in business on days when Spain is playing. Over half of the 1.5 million Britons leaving the UK this weekend, 830'000, will be taking off from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. But there is also a mass exodus in Scotland with a quarter of a million Scots heading off in search of some sunshine. But not everybody is in search of the sun. City breaks are also proving popular for the long weekend with Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris the top three destinations in Britain. “More of us are taking every opportunity we can to go abroad for a quick break in the sun and this week, many Brits are going to make the best of both worlds. As a nation we are more familiar with European life and feel we can easily relax and enjoy the Best of British while being hosted by out Mediterranean neighbours,” Ian Reynolds, the chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents said yesterday.

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