West Indies retains popularity

02 June 2011 18:25

Despite a rise in Air Passenger Duty, British holidaymakers are still heading to the West Indies

Despite a rise in Air Passenger Duty, British holidaymakers are still heading to the West Indies

A sharp rise in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) airport departure tax to the Caribbean has not dampened the popularity of the West Indies among British travellers.

Despite fears of a decline in the number of UK visitors, a large number of people are still booking flights to the holiday destination. A comprehensive travel insurance policy could prove useful for those planning a trip abroad.

According to a study by Hayes & Jarvis, there has been a 25% rise in holidays to Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica and Cuba over the last two months.

The holiday firm's commercial director, Niel Alobaidi, said: "This has been fuelled by tactical discounting by Caribbean hoteliers.

"This proves that the increase in APD has not been the deterrent that many imagined. Competitive pricing has delivered for the Caribbean, both for late summer bookings and for the crucial winter sun season."

Mexico has emerged as the most popular long-haul holiday destination. Direct flights being offered to the resort of Cancun by British Airways has particularly encouraged Britons to plan holidays to Mexico.

Meanwhile, many holidaymakers are also booking flights to Malaysia. More competitive pricing and all-inclusive offers have boosted Malaysia holidays.

Other popular holiday destinations include California, Singapore, the Maldives, St Lucia and Thailand.

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