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Palma.—The weak pound means in-resort costs will be higher for British holidaymakers but travel search site Skyscanner said Europe is still the most favoured destination, with ‘euro hotspots' France and Italy close behind the top choice of Spain.

The US is the second most popular Easter destination, despite sterling falling to its lowest level against the dollar for nearly three years, with flight searches up by 27 percent, added Skyscanner. More than 1.5 million holidaymakers are expected to fly out of the country this Easter, with Skyscanner predicting Good Friday (29 March) to be the busiest getaway date.

And a Skyscanner poll found that 58 percent of travellers said they would find a way to get away this year, regardless of their financial situation, while 40 percent of families plan to spend more this year on their holidays.

Victoria Bailie, PR manager at Skyscanner, said: “It's interesting to see that the wider economic issues are having little impact on British holiday choices, suggesting that destination comes first and cost second.” She said that for those looking to make their pounds stretch further abroad, Egypt and Gambia could be good choices for a week in the sun, with sterling stronger this year against the local currencies, up 8 percent and 11 percent respectively.

And, despite Thomas Cook's troubles, the industry is confident the Britons will continue buying holidays.