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MONARCH airline reported yesterday that destinations both inside and outside the eurozone are performing well so far in 2009.
In releasing its holiday trends for this year, Monarch noted that the Canary Islands continue to be a popular winter choice, with Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria appearing in the top five of their ‘What's hot for 2009' list.

For the summer of 2009, a similar trend can be seen, with Minorca and Majorca also making it onto the top five list. The top five destinations on Monarch Holidays' ‘What's hot' list for the winter of 2009 are: Tenerife, Lanzarote, Sharm el Sheikh, Goa and Gran Canaria.

For the summer, the ‘What's hot' list includes Minorca, Dalaman, Tenerife, Majorca and Lanzarote.
Liz Savage, the managing director of Monarch Flights and Holidays, commented: “Despite early indications that holidaymakers were looking to head east for their holidays this year, the picture to date is somewhat different.

The Canary Islands which benefit from year-round sunshine and are only a four hour flight time from the UK, are the surprise destination leaders for both holiday and flight-only bookings this winter, with Lanzarote in particular already 13% ahead of holiday bookings for 2008.” She went on to say: “The Balearic Islands of Majorca and Minorca are also performing strongly for summer, particularly the all-inclusive resorts which are proving hugely popular with families and now account for 70% of the Balearic bookings.” The report has been welcomed in Minorca where the tourist industry is seriously worried about how this summer season is going to perform.
Apart from the recession, the island's limited air links to the rest of Europe are also restricting holiday sales.