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Brits head overseas for the big day, with sales to Costa Del Sol up more than 180%

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Sales are up by an astonishing 59.3% over the same period last year.

Whether you are a fan of the Royal Family or not, Prince William and Kate’s wedding is responsible for a huge increase in the number of Brits heading overseas this April, according to online travel giant TravelRepublic.co.uk.

The company is reporting that large numbers of sun-starved Brits are desperate to use the run of bank holidays as an opportunity to head to sunnier climes – the Easter break, May bank holiday and extra day off for the wedding mean that for many people, 3 days annual leave gives them 11 days off.

The top ten Royal Wedding destinations are:

1 Majorca - Up 78.7%
2 Tenerife - Up 146%
3 Costa Blanca - Up 65.3%
4 Costa Del Sol - Up 181.6%
5 Algarve - Up 57.1%
6 Lanzarote - Up 49.6%
7 Fuerteventura - Up 59.2%
8 Florida - Up 14.3%
9 Marmaris, Turkey - Up 10.8%
10 Gran Canaria - Up 41.8%

Source: TravelRepublic.co.uk sales data over the Royal wedding weekend for 2011 versus 2010, for stays of 4 nights or more.

The good news for those heading abroad is that, in many destinations, they can still see Kate and Wills say ‘I do’. Parties and special screenings are being arranged in many places around the world. Globally, it is estimated that over a billion people will tune in to watch the wedding on TV.

Paul Furner, Managing Director, commented “Sales are up by an astonishing 59.3% over the same period last year. The run of bank holidays, and the fact that the Royal Wedding is being screened and celebrated in lots of places outside of the UK, has been too much to resist. Equally, we are also seeing strong demand from those wanting to escape the celebrations completely!”

If you have yet to book your Royal wedding holiday or hideaway, TravelRepublic.co.uk has highlighted some of the best offers still available:

Dine like the Royals in Madrid
If you didn’t receive your invite to the event of the year, the English-style Bristol bar in Madrid is offering its customers the same menu as that being served to the royal wedding guests at Buckingham Palace. To start they will serve smoked salmon, toast with pâté and mini-sausages in puff pastry, washed down with champagne, followed by roast beef with all the trimmings and finishing with fresh strawberries and cream.

Flights from London Stansted to Madrid, departing 27 April, returning 01 May, £111 per person
4 nights room only at the Travelodge Torrelaguna Hotel, £107 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Total cost £218 per person (based on 2 sharing)

Raise a glass to Kate and Wills in Magaluf, Majorca
If you fancy a holiday in Majorca, why not head to The Prince William pub in Magaluf to toast our future king and his new wife? You can watch the event on the big screen and raise a glass of cava to the happy couple.

Flights from Manchester to Palma, departing 27 April, returning 04 May, £46 per person
7 nights self-catering at the TRH Jardin Del Mar Apartments in Santa Ponsa, £80 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Total cost £126 per person (based on 2 sharing)

Enjoy a Kir Royale or two in the Big Apple
Grab a short break to New York and head over to the Big Apple Brits party at the trendy Dumbo Lofts in Brooklyn. There will be a live screening of the event (starting at 5a.m.) and reruns all day and night.

Flights from London Heathrow to New York (JFK), departing 27 April, returning 01 May, £434 per person
4 nights room only at the Astor On The Park Hotel in the Upper West Side, £290 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Total cost £724 per person (based on 2 sharing)

Escape the festivities completely with a week in Agadir, Morocco
We can’t promise an escape from the wedding bells but the chances should be a lot lower than in some of our other destinations!

Flights from London Stansted to Agadir, departing 27 April, returning 04 May, £122 per person
7 nights bed & breakfast at the Sud Bahia hotel in Agadir, £67 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Total cost £189 per person (based on 2 sharing)

All offers are subject to availability and correct at time of issue. For more information or to book please visit http://www.TravelRepublic.co.uk

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