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As MANY as 20 per cent of holidaymakers are set to start their search for a getaway break today.

More are putting a foreign holiday at the top of their priorities than did so last year, a survey by tour operator Thomas Cook found.

In a similar poll last year, a third of responders said an overseas break was their priority. This year’s poll reveals that this figure is 47 per cent.

Thomas Cook predicts that the most popular short-haul package holiday destination for summer 2013 will be Turkey, followed by Spain’s Balearic and Canary islands.

Mainland Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Florida are forecast to be other popular spots for UK holidaymakers next summer.

The company has launched early-booking incentives which include a Kids for a Quid promotion.