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All-inclusive holidays hot for 2013

Picture: PA

Picture: PA

  • by CLAIRE SMITH
 

HOLIDAYMAKERS will increasingly look for all-inclusive deals and tailor-made packages in 2013, according to travel organisation Abta.

Rather than cut back on breaks, tourists are seeking ways to make their money go further, the association said.

Far-afield destinations expected to grow in popularity in the new year include Ecuador, Ethiopia, Burma and New Zealand.

Holidaymakers are also be looking for tried-and-tested places to take holidays. These include France, Greece, Spain and the US, says Abta’s travel trends report.

Although the staycation is likely to stay popular, a succession of wet UK summers is likely to increase the number of Britons seeking guaranteed sunshine overseas.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The early indications are that forward bookings for 2013 are looking positive despite a continued squeeze on household budgets. The majority of British holidaymakers are reluctant to give up their annual holiday, even in tougher economic times.

“In particular, we are seeing strong forward bookings for the luxury and all-inclusive sectors, which have both done well in recent years.

“We are also seeing an increase in demand for tailor-made holidays as consumers look for greater flexibility but with all the security of a package.”

Meanwhile, Post Office Travel Money put Egypt as its best-value destination for a January break. The next best-bargain place is Orlando in Florida, followed by Dubai, Mexico and Thailand.

Other good-value spots are Kenya, Bali, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Post Office Travel Money head Andrew Brown said: “Every year, travel companies report a spike in bookings immediately after Christmas as thousands of people go online or to their travel agent to book an escape abroad. And after a year of washout weather, spur-of-the- moment winter-sun holiday bookings are more likely than ever.

“The strongest contender for post-Christmas blues bookings has to be Egypt with its cheap all-inclusive packages at three, four and five-star levels.”

Despite the recession, people in the UK still choose to spend money on holidays with Abta members seeing turnover reach £30.2bn in 2011-12 compared with £29.3bn in 2010-11.

According to the Office for National Statistics, UK residents made 50.3 million visits abroad in 2012 – roughly the same number of overseas trips as the year before.

Among the hotly tipped destinations of 2012 were Brazil, Burma, Finland and Greece.

Travel agents also expect to see a rise in bookings to Morocco, Croatia, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the USA.

The report says: “With continued economic uncertainty and low consumer confidence, families are expected to continue to put faith in the destinations they know best.”

Up-and-coming destinations

Burma

The release of pro democrasy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010 has paved the way for a new influx of visitors to Burma. Highlights of any trip inclucde a visit to Lake Inle, home to villages on stilts.

Ecuador

A new airport opens in Quito, capital of Ecuador, in February - making it easier to get to than ever before. The Government has also upgraded the country’s rail network - allowing visitors to take trips through spectacular Andean landscapes.

Ethiopia

Adventure tourists are particularly keen on Ethiopa - where the landscape includes lush moors, mountains giant waterfalls and savannah teeming with wildlife. Ethiopian cuisine is also among the attractions.

New Zealand

Regularly voted the most beautiful country in the world the landscapes of New Zealand have a starring role in the film trilogy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Bay of Islands and Rotorua are the must see areas of the north while the highlights of the south island are Milford Sound, Mount Cook and the Franz Josef Glacier.

Tunisia

The main resorts of Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui and Djerber combine historic old towns with miles of golden beaches. ABTA members predict Tunisia will offer exceptionally good value for money this year as the country fights back after two years which saw visitor number fall.

 

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