2013 Holiday Predictions

                           2013 Holiday Predictions

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 31, 2013

LONDON, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

                • Thomas Cook predictions for holidays in 2013

 • Canary Islands feature in top five lists for both summer and winter breaks

  • 4.5 million people have visited their website since Christmas to catch a
                 glimpse of advanced deals for 2013 holidays

As Thomas Cook's recent surveys discovered, many people decided to stay in the
UK in 2012. For many this was the unfortunate result of the country's economic
woes while for others it was simply in response to iconic events happening on
home soil.

The dawn of a new year means change though. And although there are not too
many exciting events on our shores in 2013, thankfully economic predictions
are looking more positive. Rather than getting out the crystal ball, the
leading travel agent polled more than 2,000 people to put together their
predictions for holidays over the coming years.

The complete package

There are plenty of cheap package holidays waiting to be snapped up by lucky
holidaymakers. Thomas Cook's surveys predicted that Paris will be the top city
destination of the year and they've got plenty of offers to help make this the
case. A romantic break in Paris, visiting the Louvre and the Eiffel tower, is
perfect for couples both young and old.

Likewise, Thomas Cook predicts that Tunisia will be near the top for winter
getaways. Searches are up by almost half (40%) for trips here and with
everyone wanting to get away from the terrible British weather cheap holidays
to Tunisia guarantee sun on a budget.

Year-round popularity

In addition to these top locations, Thomas Cook also predicts that some
destinations will be so versatile that they'll entice both winter and summer
travellers. Featuring in their top 5 lists for both summer and winter breaks,
the Canary Islands are one spot which is sure to get its fair share of
travellers this year.

According to Thomas Cook's research, searches for these islands are up 17% on
last year. Whilst Tenerife is likely to remain the most popular of the three
islands, Thomas Cook expects its sisters to lessen the gap as searches for
Lanzarote holidays have grown by 13%.

The early bird catches the worm

Proving that you can never be too prepared, Thomas Cook has also made
predictions for next year's Christmas breaks. For those who missed out on
snow-covered scenes this year, winter wonderlands such as Lapland are sure to
be popular as searches are already up 146%. For those after an active winter
break, ski holidays to Austria and Bulgaria have also experienced increases of
54% and booking early could generate significant savings on trips to these
winter wonderlands.

Contact: Thomas Cook Press Office, Nick Sandham, Senior PR Manager Thomas Cook
UK & Ireland, Tel: +44(0)1733-416748, Email: pressoffice@thomascook.com
 
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