Printer Friendly

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.


NUMBER ONE: Croatia is favourite with holidaymakers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2004
Previous Article:Time Off: Time Off . . . with Emma Dears who is playing Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar currently playing at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool.
Next Article:Time Off - British Travel: Falling in love with Bute; Ken Rogers embraces the charms of a quiet Scottish hideaway.

Related Articles
Travel: Paradise found; DOCHOLIDAY Your problems solved HAPPY RETURNS TO AN ISLAND HIDEAWAY.
Terror and the tourist; With memories of 9/11 still fresh,not to mention Sars and bird flu,Glyn Mon Hughes looks at the changing face of tourism.
Golf: Scots face World Cup qualifiers.
Adults-only holidays work well.
SUN, SEA SAMBA! We'll go nuts for Brazil hols.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters