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Time Off - British Travel: So where will YOU be going on holiday next year?

THE travel industry is ready for lift-off in 2005, taking money out of Britain and bringing more back in throught tourism than ever before.

Mintel's holidays survey revealed that the average family spends pounds 1, 830 a year on holidays.

Half of employees take two short breaks a year while 32% take three and nearly 25% have four or more.

So where's hot for 2005?

Croatia: The 30% rise in the number of British visitors to Croatia in 2004 to 180, 000 is a sign of things to come.

Thomson, the UK's biggest operator, says Croatia is ``the Mediterranean as it once was''. Ask Balkan Holidays (01232 246795) about near-neighbours Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania, too.

Greece: Mainland Greece and nearby islands took a pounding during last sum-mer's Olympics, with visitor numbers falling by 8%.

Greece will bounce back with up market hotels, better quality villas and new locations.

As for in-demand locations, Linda Hearn at Filoxenia (01422 375999) suggests Chios, Samos, Peloponnese, Evia, Sifnos, Kefalonia, Crete, Corfu, Gulf of Corinth and lesser-known islands like Kythira and Ithaca. Mozambique: Even before prince Harry visited the isle of Bazaruto with girl friend Chelsy Davy, neighbouring Mozambique was tipped as a `new' destination for 2005 by Kuoni (01306 747008).

Health tours: Cape Townbased Mediscapes Surgery Abroad is the only new travel firm promising to have ``surgeons waiting for you at your table''.

Breast enlargements cost up to pounds 5, 000 in London but pounds 1, 635 in Cape Town. Con-tact: Mediscapes (Surgery Abroad): +27 (0) 21 422 3932. UK-based operator: ebookers. com(0870 814 6016). Brazil: Thomson says new direct charter flights in 2005/6 augur well for the new resort of Natal, in north-eastern Brazil.

Seven-night luxury coach trips through North-Eastern Brazil with Sunvil Latin America (020 8758 4774) start at pounds 213, including seven nights' accommodation.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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