(PRWeb UK) February 6, 2011
Since the beginning of January, travel comparison website, travelsupermarket.com has seen a 73 per cent drop off in searches for holidays to Egypt up to yesterday (Thursday 3 February 2011), with the drop coming all in the last week.
Spain and its two island groupings of the Balearics and the Canaries, have seen an increase of just over 15 per cent in searches on the comparison site in the last week. There has also been an increase in searches to other winter sun destinations such as Morocco, Florida, Cape Verde and the Spanish Caribbean including Cuba and holidays to the Dominican Republic, plus Dubai as customers looking for a late deal head elsewhere for offers.
It is worth pointing out that Spain holidays searches were already running at well over double the number to Egypt before the drop off.
For the summer, Spain remains up by around 15 per cent on the week, but there have been a broader range of destinations soaking up the Egypt drop off, including Greece, Portugal, Turkey, France and Italy.
travelsupermarket.com’s travel expert, Bob Atkinson commented: “We are not surprised to see people looking away from Egypt for their late winter sun breaks or summer holidays. Whilst the FCO advice does not advise against travel to the Red Sea resorts and in spite of the big tour operators reassuring customers of the regions safety, customers are voting with their feet and looking elsewhere just in case of trouble ahead.
“Customers know that in places like Spain, they can buy a good value holiday for all types of break, they can take advantage of some of the lowest costs of living currently found in European resorts and are highly unlikely to have their holiday plans affected by domestic issues, such as those currently in Egypt and Tunisia. The Spaniards are desperate to woo back the British market, having worked on improving the product and lowering prices.
“However, the TV news around the political unrest in Egypt has resulted in some great last minute bargains emerging to the Red Sea as customers look at other destination, for example, all inclusive holiday deals from around £300 a week upwards and B&B deals from just under £250. Anyone wishing to take advantage should ensure that they book an ATOL backed holiday, so that they receive full protection and care in the case that holidaymakers are evacuated, as they have already been in Luxor and Aswan and in Tunisia last month. Holidaymakers should also ensure that they have a good quality insurance policy. Anyone wishing to travel independently should also register with the FCO Locate system in case the situation does escalate.
“Dependent on how long the situation continues and how it develops, we could see some real bargains on holidays to Egypt in the coming months as the country bids to wins customers back. Or we could see the situation that we have in Tunisia, where there are no holidays even operating until the end of February at the earliest.”