BP Oil Spill Sees British Travellers Consider Balearic Islands Holidays

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With waves of crude oil turning the Gulf of Mexico into a no-go area, British holiday-makers are looking closer to home for their all-inclusive holidays.


BP might have capped the leak, but we've found that since the disaster bookings for holidays in the Gulf of Mexico and even the Caribbean have dropped off dramatically

Holiday-makers just can’t catch a break at the moment, can they? First the ash cloud disrupted flights for over a month, and now BP has allowed 216 million gallons of crude oil to leak into the Atlantic Ocean. But holiday booking trends over the past month point to holidaymakers adapting, with many choosing Mediterranean hotspots like the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands as an alternative destination.

"BP might have capped the leak, but we’ve found that since the disaster bookings for holidays in the Gulf of Mexico and even the Caribbean have dropped off dramatically," says Travelmatch.co.uk's Richard Bray. "On the other hand, Balearic Islands holidays and Canary Islands holidays have shot up. It’s clear that holidaymakers have been scared off by the oil slick."

Canny holidaymakers looking to book a holiday for this summer or even next spring will be looking to predictions on the oil slick’s movement, with many experts claiming that it will reach popular holiday spots like the Florida coast and the Keys soon.

That’s where Travelmatch.co.uk can help. Had a holiday in Cancun planned? No need to worry – the beaches on holidays to Majorca and Ibiza offer just as much as sun and relaxation, with nightlife to rival the infamous Mexican party spot. With over 7 million holidays and 5000-plus hotels and cruises to choose from, Travelmatch.co.uk’s travel discovery engine can help find the perfect holiday.

About Travelmatch.co.uk:

Travelmatch is a new travel discovery engine that helps inspire customers by matching their requirements to a wide range of holidays, hotels, flights, cruises, villas or city breaks. Unlike other travel sites, customers are not required to choose a destination, date or budget before they can begin searching. Customers are able to make informed decisions by exploring photos, user reviews, maps, events and activities and other fun things relevant to their chosen travel product. Travelmatch, which closed its first funding round in 2010, is based in Notting Hill, London.

Contact Information:

Richard Bray, Press Officer
Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London. W11 3LQ


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