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Package holiday 'not in decline'

26 January 2009 08:06

Package holiday 'not in decline'

One of the mainstays of British culture - the package holiday - is in better shape than ever, a travel agent has suggested.

Recent research by TUI Travel found that 47 per cent of holidaymakers in the UK preferred DIY holidays, while 42 per cent opted for a package deal.

Despite this, the company insists that the package holiday market is healthy and performing well.

Dermot Blastland, managing director of TUI Travel UK and Ireland, told "We think the package holiday is very robust and the market is actually stable and not declining.

"We believe more holidaymakers are travelling on packages than current statistics indicate."

Many people appreciate the convenience of package holidays, which often included pre-booked flights, hotels and travel insurance.

The firm also revealed that destinations such as Egypt, Turkey and Croatia are becoming increasingly popular with all-in-one holidaymakers.

Research by American Express recently discovered that about one in four Brits would consider not taking out travel insurance to save money.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18784423-ADNFCR