Bargain holiday bonanzaFirms slash prices to shift unsold packages

17 July 2006

 

Travel companies have started knocking hundreds of pounds off their holidays after being left with a glut of unsold packages.

The combination of a very warm British summer and the World Cup has left many holidays unsold as families have decided to holiday at home.

Travel company Thomson is offering savings of up to £200 on the brochure price of its holidays while Thomas Cook is advertising trips to Turkey for as little as £82.

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said: ‘This summer is exceptional. At this time of year there are always some holidays left to sell but this year there have been more than usual.We have had the World Cup which means people have stayed at home and on top of that the weather has been good. People are waiting to see whether they will go away or holiday in this country.’

'Be flexible'

The spokeswoman added: ‘There are some great bargains out there but our advice to people is to be flexible about where they want to go and when.’

A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said that the best bargains were for holidays to Turkey.

He added: ‘The avian flu outbreak affected Turkey in February which is traditionally the month many people book holidays. It hit Turkey very hard; bookings were down 40 per cent because of that. If you want a cheap deal, that is the country to pick.'