STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
IT would appear that the holiday resorts are finally filling up in Majorca now that the majority of schools in Britain have broken up for the summer.
ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents estimates that over two million Britons are travelling abroad this weekend and Majorca is high up on the list of favourite destinations.

However, it may not be as high up the most popular destination board as it used to be.
Spain is still the number one destination, according to ABTA, but it has been the Canary Islands which have enjoyed the biggest increase in bookings on the back of a massive advertising campaign in the UK.

France is also enjoying a mini-boom with a growing number of people, tired of the hassle at airports and all the hidden airline extra charges, opting for self-drive holidays on the continent - despite the rise in fuel prices.

The biggest growth areas, as we have been reporting over the past few weeks, are the non-Euro destinations Egypt and Turkey along with the United States where Britons can still get value for money from their Pounds.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: “with a changing economic climate, many existing trends have become more pronounced. Spain, for example, is still the top destination this year, but as a mature destination, and with the strong Euro, greater growth is being experienced in the mid to long haul destinations outside the Eurozone.” A 20 percent increase in the sale of all-inclusive holidays has also been reported by travel agents and tour operators in the UK.
This weekend Palma airport will be handling 354.363 passengers and an average of 34 flights peer hour.

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