Spain and Greece most popular destinations as sunseekers snap up massive travel bargains


Holiday bookings have surged after the UK government confirmed it was planning to introduce ‘travel corridors’ to selected destinations.

Price comparison site TravelSupermarket recorded its busiest weekend since the start of lockdown in March with 100 per cent more price comparison searches for holidays and 50 per cent more bookings week-on-week.

Most popular holiday searches were Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy and Portugal, despite fears over its travel status following new Covid-19 cases in Lisbon.

There is massive discounting with prices from around £150pp to Corfu or Rhodes, for two adults for seven nights in September.

A family holiday to Spain or Croatia in August can be purchased for £220 pp, with a four star break to Crete priced at £300 pp.

Emma Coulthurst, of TravelSupermarket, said: “There is still some more clarity needed before bookings really pick up.

“With travel having been at a standstill for some months and there having been complete uncertainty over when we can take a holiday, we expect a bigger increase in demand once there is more clarity on which countries are going to allow us to visit them without restriction.

“I think people will be confused still as to which countries will definitely allow them to holiday there without quarantining.

“A huge fall in demand has seen a parallel fall in prices. Holiday providers have a lot of holidays left to sell. There are bargains to be snapped up.

“Who knows how long they will last? People who have been prepared to move early, have been currently catching the bargains.”

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Demand for holidays still only measures around 40 per cent of a normal summer. It could take some time for the travel industry to fully recover.

Ms Coulthurt said: “It is likely to take a good while – maybe until 2023 – for travel out of the UK to return to pre-Covid levels.

“So, good prices are likely to be around for a while. There are many unsold hotels and flights still to sell.

“Countries like Spain and Greece in particular, who are putting in and communicating many health and safety protocols are the ones which are going to win back tourists the most.”



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