Public Choose Alternative Holiday Destinations To Beat Recession Gloom

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The recent Travel Association Travel Trends Report shows that Egypt and Turkey are likely to be "big growth areas" outside the euro zone. Agents within the industry also show that bookings to Egypt, Turkey and Morocco have increased dramatically so far this year and seem to be the most popular destinations for 2009.

The recent Travel Association Travel Trends Report shows that Egypt and Turkey are likely to be "big growth areas" outside the euro zone. Agents within the industry also show that bookings to Egypt, Turkey and Morocco have increased dramatically so far this year and seem to be the most popular destinations for 2009. There are other initiatives too within the travel industry to promote alternative destinations like Jamaica and still further afield in the Caribbean or the Far East.

When the public start to feel the economic strain, as they are at present, normally holidays tend to be among the first expenditures on which they cut back. High fuel prices, global credit market difficulties and some economic pressures have made life almost impossible for many tour operators over recent months and there have been many casualties. And yet, just as recent figures published by Ryanair seem to confirm, the general public are not quite prepared to sacrifice their annual holidays just yet.

Although it is estimated that there will be about 1million fewer holidays on offer to the UK this season, our thirst for holidays seems to be ever present and the public are still confirming bookings. What has changed is that the former most popular holiday destinations in Europe have taken a hit as the Pound has plummeted in value against the Euro, and travellers are now seeking destinations that offer better value for money. Holidays are still on the agenda as a means of getting away from the recession gloom at home.

Recently the Holiday Which? member survey found that 9 independent small UK tour operators achieved customer satisfaction of 83% or higher, whilst larger tour operators like Airtours, Crystal Holidays, First Choice and Thomas Cook languished at the bottom, faring below average for organisation and overall satisfaction. It is clear therefore small UK tour operators are still king in the public's mind.

Which is very good news for one such operator, Only Exclusive Travel. Offering a very personal service, delivering high quality, luxury holidays, and specifically working hard to tick all the right boxes for its clients, Only Exclusive Travel can also assure its clients that all holidays booked are ATOL-protected, which means that they are guaranteed by the Government.

Large travel companies are particularly vulnerable in times of recession and holidaymakers may have just cause at present to be very nervous. Coupled with the findings that they are generally poor at delivering overall satisfaction then travellers may well like to turn to smaller operators like Only Exclusive Travel who have incredible holiday destinations to offer clients who wish to make the most of their holiday and achieve the greatest satisfaction and value for money. A visit to their website will certainly not disappoint.

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