Continuing the theme of a return to form for Turkish tourism, UK bookings for Turkish holidays have increased by a staggering 86% compared to the same period last year.
In their latest ‘Travel Trends’ report, Thomas Cook reveal that Turkey is now so popular that it is outselling mainland Spain and the Canary Islands combined. They also say that the only reason Spain is holding onto its No.1 spot is thanks to the inclusion of the Balearic Islands (primarily Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza).
The biggest draw is budget prices – according to Travel Supermarket, the country is the second cheapest in Europe for all-inclusive holidays after Bulgaria.
Tourism chiefs in Spain admit that they have “no hope” of competing on price – a one-week all inclusive holiday at a five star hotel in Turkey can be had for as little as € 400.
Chris Mottershead, Managing Director, Thomas Cook UK, said: “So far this summer, Turkey is the standout destination for British holidaymakers and we are seeing substantial growth in bookings compared to last year’’.