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31 May 2013 09:14
New York is one of the most popular long-haul destinations for Brits this year
Research by holiday firm Hayes & Jarvis shows more Britons are choosing long-haul city trips over beach holidays. New York and Las Vegas have been the most popular long-haul destinations so far in 2013, the firm said.
It also highlighted the growing appeal of twin-centre trips taking in city sightseeing and cultural tours.
Bookings for Vietnam have increased by 98%, while Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania are also welcoming more Brits, who should always leave the UK with
travel insurance regardless of the destination.
Mauritius sales have risen by 11% but poor exchange rates have seen Maldives bookings go down by 35%.
In the Caribbean, sales to Tobago and the Dominican Republic are up but bookings to Barbados and Antigua are more than 50% down.
Hayes & Jarvis commercial head Sean Dowd said while beach packages remain popular, particularly luxury trips, there has been a steady drop in demand for traditional beach holidays.
He said: "In sharp contrast, our multi-centre trip bookings have doubled over the past two years because growing numbers of people are keen to see more of what a country, or a region of the world, has to offer when they travel further afield. Multi-centre trips now account for over a third of our business and this growth trend is one which we expect to accelerate."
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