With people running scared from the H1N1 flu, commonly referred to as the swine flu, Egypt Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have become the top destination for those seeking a great holiday.
The demand for holidays of a longer variety has increased in recent weeks despite news of this disease. For example bookings to Jamaica are up 30 percent with Egypt trailing at 23 percent followed closely by the Dominican Republic up by 19 percent in the last two weeks, according to our sources.
Of the 2,500 surveyed customers who were in Mexico when the swine flu outbreak started, only one in ten accepted the offer of being brought home early.
The strong euro is continuing to hurt demand for holidays in Europe, with the proportion of bookings to non-euro countries up to 32 percent from 29 percent. Egypt and Turkey have been the biggest beneficiaries.
Tour operators said summer holiday sales have picked up in the last eight weeks, and while the number of package trips is down, reflecting the trend of recent years, by booking less accommodation in advance. There are fewer holidays to sell and vendors have been able to keep prices higher.
In Britain, average prices are 10 percent higher than last year. Demand for long-haul holidays has increased in recent weeks despite news of the disease, which hit shares of holiday companies and airlines when it first came to light last month. This is expected as British officials are working diligently to make sure there will not be a large outbreak in their country
While the Travel Wars continue with every country doing it’s best to get a bigger slice of the vacationer pie the H1N1 or Swine flu is the wildcard in the game that is making prediction of what will happen next nearly impossible. One this is certain, there are good deal to be had out there because of this, if you are willing to look you can get the vacation of a lifetime!