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11 January 2012
Top 10 Destinations 2012 - Summer Breaks, Ski & City Breaks
2011 was a challenging year for the whole travel and hospitality industry, affected by the economic downturn in Europe and instability in popular holiday destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia. Some argue that holiday home owners could benefit from tough times like this as going self-catering could save a typical family of four hundreds of pounds. Based on figures from 2011 and this year’s bookings so far on AlphaHolidayLettings.com, we have come up with our top 10 holiday rental destinations for 2012.
There are very subtle changes in the 2012 rankings. Last year’s top three - Spain, France and Portugal - long time favourites of the Brits, continue to dominate the Top 10. These well-established destinations are fully-geared for different types of holiday makers, with many resorts served by budget airlines direct from UK regional airports. There is a wide range of self-catering accommodation to choose from as many British property hunters looking for a place in the sun have purchased in these countries. The relatively short flight times also help ensuring that these destinations, in particular the Costas and the Algarves, will remain popular.
Cyprus and Turkey have seen an invasion of British tourists and holiday home buyers in the last few years. We predict that these countries will climb up the rankings in 2012, when many travellers are looking for something slightly different and are attracted by the warm climates and good value-for-money. Paphos in Cyprus and the Turquoise Coast region in Turkey are the places to watch.
This year, Majorca has just dropped out of the top 10 and is replaced by Tenerife. It has to be said that the Balearics and the Canaries both have similar appeal, and have been sliding down the list ever so slightly due to the rise in popularity of Cyprus and Turkey. Other places that have just missed the top 10 are USA (top destination Florida), Egypt (Sharm-el-Sheikh) and Bulgaria (Sunny Beach).
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