Summer 09 Travel Trends: Skyscanner Reveals Winners and Losers of British Tourist TrafficBy Prne, Gaea News Network
Sunday, May 10, 2009
EDINBURGH - Leading cheap flight site, Skyscanner (www.Skyscanner.net) reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakers, and those that are losing out.
With anti-eurozone sentiment still strong, Brits are increasingly looking to non-euro destinations this year. Thailand, the USA and Portugal are the top three climbers; at the other end of the scale, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Cyprus have had the greatest drop in popularity.
1. Bangkok, Thailand (+271%) 2. Los Angeles, USA (+170%) 3. Porto, Portugal (+163%) 4. Dalaman, Turkey (+160%) 5. Orlando, USA (+158%) 6. Istanbul, Turkey (+157%) 7. Sharm El Sheik, Egypt (+156%) 8. Bodrum, Turkey (+153%) 9. Burgas, Bulgaria (+152%) 10. Oslo, Norway (+143%)
Biggest rises in flight searches on Skyscanner.net for summer 09 (May 1st-Aug 30th) compared to summer 08. Flights from UK airports.
Bangkok has seen by far the biggest rise in the number of searches with 271% growth year on year.
US destinations are also on the rise, with LA and Orlando interest up considerably, despite the strengthening US dollar.
Egypt and Bulgaria are both proving more popular this summer, but overall, Turkey is the single biggest winner, with three of the top ten fastest growing destinations being in the country.
And the biggest losers?
1. Prague, Czech Republic (-15%) 2. Cork, Republic of Ireland (-13%) 3. Paphos, Cyprus (-11%) 4. Geneva, Switzerland (-6.5%) 5. Palma, Spain (-6%) 6. Pisa, Italy (-5.5%) 7. Nice, France (-5%) 8. Bordeaux, France (-4.5%) 9. Menorca, Spain (-4%) 10. Venice, Italy (-3%)
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