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France to 'benefit from more British holidaymakers'

06 July 2010 16:29

France to 'benefit from more British holidaymakers'

The recent air travel chaos is likely to make taking the train a far more attractive option for Britons heading overseas on holiday this summer.

Since newspapers carried photos of families sleeping on camp beds at airports due to the now infamous volcanic ash cloud, the idea of staying closer to home and using the train suddenly looks like a good one.

A survey by found that 35 per cent of Britons have changed their summer travel plans as a result of the recent shutdown of the skies.

That is bound to be good news for the UK's tourism industry, but the Association of European Rail Agents (AERA) also expects parts of France to benefit, thanks in part to Eurostar services.

Tony Rixson, AERA's chairperson, suggested the beautiful city of Lille may be a good destination for British holidaymakers.

"You've got some old churches, cathedral and things there and it's not that far [from the UK]," he explained.

Mr Rixson added that anyone prepared to take an overnight train journey could explore further south in France or even cross the border into Switzerland.

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