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Abta announces 2008 travel hotspots

26 January 2009 12:08

Abta announces 2008 travel hotspots

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has announced a set of trends for travel in 2008, with numbers of British holidaymakers heading to Turkey and Portugal set to increase.

Almost 70 million holidays abroad were taken by Brits in 2007 and Abta claims that figures are set to increase next year as travellers head to big events abroad.

Destination hotspots include China, which will be hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, while the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel is expected to see thousands head to the country to celebrate.

And Austria and Switzerland will also see huge tourism growth numbers as the countries will be jointly hosting the Euro 2008 finals. Although England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all failed to make the tournament, some British football fans are still thought to be heading over for the spectacle.

Tourists planning next year's holidays already can take advantage of the new year and take out an annual travel insurance policy, covering them for multiple trips overseas.