"Significant Drops" Sends Overseas Travel Market into a Spin says ulookubook.com

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Have you booked your holidays in Majorca yet? Or secured those all inclusive holiday to Turkey you've been planning for so long? If the general trend is anything to go by, probably not. There has been a significant downturn in the overseas travel market during May, which hasn't done the travel industry any favours.


Travelling has suffered several hard blows to its reputation recently. The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud didn't help. Set against a background of growing concern about the environmental impact of air travel, it served to make holidaymakers think not just twice but three times about flying even short haul distances.

Add to this British Airways' series of strikes and it's easy to understand why so many people appear to be taking a step back and re-evaluating their holiday plans, certainly for summer 2010. Flying can be stressful enough. But the heightened uncertainty caused by strikes and volcanoes are putting people off in droves.

There's also a suspicion that uncertainty about the new government in general and cuts in particular, particularly in the public sector where both jobs and income are under serious threat. The economy is in tatters and significant numbers of us seem to be holding back until we know exactly how badly our finances will be affected.

Ian Raine, Media Manager at ulookubook.com commented, “The World Cup effect is also having an effect as fans plan their holidays around the tournament or put off travelling until afterwards. As a result of all this, consumer confidence appears to be at an all time low and the travel industry is experiencing worryingly intense flurries of holiday cancellations.”

Even popular cheap all inclusive holidays to Majorca have nosedived in popularity, as have all inclusive Turkey holidays and low cost packages across the board. The silver lining? Reduced demand means that prices may drop. The few of us who are determined to leave the UK and head for the sun - no matter what - are likely to discover some truly spectacular deals in summer 2010!

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ulookubook.com is part of The Holiday Discount Centre, a member of ABTA (J4901) and Advantage (the largest travel consortium in the UK). Based in the UK, they have over 30 experienced travel advisors and have booked over 300,000 passengers via the internet.

ulookubook.com are not owned by any major tour operator, allowing them to offer free impartial travel advice and promote a wider range of holiday offers from various suppliers including Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook and many more.

What makes ulookubook.com prices stand out from the crowd is not only do they offer already cheap holiday deals, they also offer an extra on-line discount plus a price guarantee. Their website allows customers to have full flexibility in their search criteria giving something more than just a bog standard one/two week holiday. With deals like this, why would you want to search for a holiday elsewhere?

Contact ulookubook.com for more information and comments:

Ian Raine,
Media Manager,
Holiday Discount Centre,
3rd Floor,
Tyne House,
26 Side,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 244 6198

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