Palma.—The lack of sunshine and warm weather this spring in the United Kingdom has sparked a surge in searches and bookings for the May half term week with overall bookings up 200% year on year.

Besides Majorca other popular destinations this half term are the Algarve, Malta, Dubai and Barcelona with overall searches for the half term up over 130% month on month.

Commenting on this increase Tim Buckman, Managing Director at lowcostholidays.com said, “The lack of warm weather and sunshine in the UK has driven customers online to search for guaranteed sun in the half term week. “There are still some great value deals to be had across a wide range of sunny destinations as well as some really attractive City breaks.” A recent market survey by the Post Office singled out the Algarve as the cheapest destination, but Majorca came in fifth and that is also helping to attract more tourists although some resorts have stopped taking bookings for May amidst fears of over booking problems.

Fierce competition to attract back UK holiday makers put a gap of £8-9 between the top four resorts and fifth-placed Majorca (£55.46), where prices have fallen 8% in a year.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “The pound may be worth less in Europe than a year ago but fierce competition means that lower prices in several of the resorts we surveyed can easily offset the falling value of sterling.”