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More Brits holidaying at home in 2009

03 March 2009 07:12

More Brits holidaying at home in 2009

People are being encouraged to travel around the Britain and Ireland, but they could still benefit from taking out travel insurance.

Following the publication of figures from the BAA revealing that passenger numbers are falling at the country's biggest air hubs, the Best of Britain and Ireland travel forum has urged people to look at their home countries for holiday inspiration.

With the recession limiting holiday budgets and the pound continuing to suffer against other currencies - especially the euro - international passenger numbers have dropped off by 2.8 per cent, according to the BAA.

However, Rob Mackenzie, co-managing director of Best of Britain and Ireland, suggested that financial difficulties shouldn't stop people having a good time.

"The UK holidaymaking public is turning its back on European breaks and thinking about domestic holidays with greater vigour than ever before," he said.

Earlier this month, Sainsbury's Finance urged people holidaying in the UK to set some money aside for holiday insurance to protect themselves from cancellations, lost or damaged luggage and repatriation across the country if they have are injured.

It suggested that 50 million domestic holidays will take place in Britain this year.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19049459-ADNFCR