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Brits booking Brazilian trips long in advance

03 March 2009 07:16

Brits booking Brazilian trips long in advance

The number of special travel offers flooding the tourism industry will not make much difference to the attendance of this year's Rio carnival in Brazil, because most people booked before the beginning of the recession.

That is according to Journey Latin America, which explained that most Brits planning to attend the carnival purchased their flights and accommodation six to nine months ago.

For people booking flights so far in advance, travel insurance provides a valuable layer of protection against the risk of job loss or cancellations, both of which have increased thanks to the uncertain nature of the economy.

Laura Rendell-Dunn, marketing executive at the travel specialist for trips South America, explained that next year could see an influx of international visitors to Brazil if hotels introduce cheaper rates.

"There is something for everybody in Brazil, with such a huge country, offering beautiful waterfalls, the Amazon, wildlife, beaches, colonial cities and the vibrant Rio de Janeiro, the city of samba," she said.

People choosing to spend their summer holidays a little closer to home than Brazil could save money by switching an annual holiday insurance policy for single-trip cover, the Irish Independent this month suggested.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19049451-ADNFCR