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Britons urged to book Spain holidays soon

29 February 2016 08:12

Andalusia's El Torcal de Antequera

Andalusia's El Torcal de Antequera

British families are being warned to book Spanish or Portuguese holidays now to avoid disappointment.

Ryanair says that they should act by the end of the month at the latest.

The plea comes as more and more other nationalities switch to the Iberian Peninsula to avoid terror hotspots.

Many hotels across Andalusia and the Algarve have already put their "no vacancies" signs up on their August and July websites, says the low-cost airline's Kenny Jacobs.

The rush follows terror incidents in Turkey and Tunisia since this time last year. In particular, Germans are said to be turning their attentions further north-west instead.

Mr Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, says around four in 10 Germans who planned to visit Turkey have changed their minds. They are instead lining up Portugal and Spain as their next preferred options, he says.

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Andalusia in big demand

Mr Jacobs is recommending that Britons reserve their places in Portugal or Spain before the end of the month (Monday, February 29) or risk missing out.

He says British families risk the possibility of "fighting" when it comes to securing hotel beds out there. Mr Jacobs says Portuguese hoteliers informed him of the trend during a visit last week.

He says demand seems particularly high in the beautifully rugged hotspots of Andalusia and the Algarve.

Ryanair's north African orders have eased off since the attacks, the airline official told a central London press gathering.

But north Africa's tourism loss is working in Spain and Portugal's favour, says Mr Jacobs. He believes that UK families in particular will have to act fast with the limited school holiday window compared to other countries.