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03 January 2013 09:13
Britons still love holidaying in Spain, according to a study
Sun-loving holidaymakers headed to Spain this summer with the European country attracting the largest number of British tourists. Skyscanner, a flight search website, said the US, which came second in the list of top holiday destinations last year, had fallen to third place followed by Italy at number four and France in fifth place. Taking a staycation on home soil was the second most popular.
The report into travel trends revealed countries which have been experiencing economic difficulties had seen an increase in British travellers searching for deals on flights before going on to organise their
travel insurance. The number of Brits looking to travel to Greece had risen by 63% from 2011 while 45% more people wanted to fly to Portugal. Flight searches for Italy were also up 38% from last year.
One of the most popular long-haul destinations, along with Thailand, Australia and the UAE, was India. During the summer months, the number of Brits looking for flights to India leaped 66% compared to the previous year with even more wanting to travel there to escape the cold at home with searches rising by 114% during the winter. The steepest rise in searches was Burma, which saw a 125% increase. Sam Poullain, from Skyscanner, said a lot of people had travelled in 2012 despite the bleak economic situation with sunny locations proving popular because of wet weather at home.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.
07 March 2017
The risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer can be cut by 40% by following a Mediterranean diet, new research has found.