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Last-minute bookings to distant resorts 'increasing'

01 June 2009 07:16

Last-minute bookings to distant resorts 'increasing'

Holidaymakers planning on flying to long-haul destinations are increasingly making late bookings, according to the tour operator Hayes & Jarvis - though this should not prevent them from purchasing travel insurance.

The holiday provider has disclosed that there has been a "definite trend" towards last-minute bookings, which could be a consequence of the present financial situation in the UK, reported.

In particular, Hayes & Jarvis revealed that destinations in Kenya, Thailand and Sri Lanka have all been selling "very strongly", with consumer demand for these locations increasing by as much as 50 per cent over the past few weeks.

Niel Alobaidi, head of commercial activities at Hayes & Jarvis, said: "There has been a definite trend towards late bookings this year, with most long-haul destinations significantly outperforming their sales for the past couple of years."

Earlier this week, ABTA- The Travel Association revealed that compared to historic statistics the number of consumers holidaying abroad this year remains high.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19183402-ADNFCR