ABTA and FCO predict 2009 travel trendsTurkey, Egypt and Mexico are popular destinations

26 December 2008

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Holidaymakers are likely to favour destinations which don't use the Euro to get away in 2009, a report published today reveals.

ABTA and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have joined together for the first time to predict travel trends.

Based on research of consumers and the travel industry, they predict non-Euro destinations such as Turkey, Egypt and Mexico will prove popular in 2009.

Egypt and Turkey holidays on the rise

The number of British holidaymakers going to Egypt has risen by 38% in the last year and the number of visitors taking a holiday in Turkey has increased by 32%.  

Turkey and Egypt are popular beach holiday destinations and also attract people in search of cultural and historical holidays.

Which? Holiday will be publishing features on both Turkey and Egypt holidays in 2009, providing a comprehensive and unbiased holiday review of both destinations.

Value for money

Frances Tuke from ABTA said: 'Over the past few years we have seen travellers becoming more adventurous and travelling further afield and this will continue in 2009 as non-Eurozone countries will offer very good value for money - often at very high standards.

'But when travelling to these destinations, it is very important to check Foreign Office advice and ensure you make sure you see a health professional who will recommend what vaccinations you may need and what precautions you should take.'

Be prepared

The FCO is warning visitors to popular holiday destinations to be prepared before they travel. Holidaymakers should familiarise themselves with the laws and customs of their destination and check the FCO website for travel advice.

The FCO advises taking out comprehensive travel insurance and urges holidaymakers to take necessary health precautions, such as vaccinations before they travel. For more information see our review of travel insurance.

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