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Brits won't give up annual holiday

A scenic mountain view31/12/12

By Ian Lewis

Making their money go further instead of giving up their breaks is likely to be at the forefront of British holidaymakers' thinking next year, travel organisation Abta predicts.

Many people are set to holiday at home in the UK again but several wet summers are also likely to tempt more Brits to head abroad for guaranteed sunshine, according to the organisation's travel trends report.

It says a growth in tailor-made holidays and all-inclusive breaks is likely. And while traditional holiday spots such as France, Spain, the US and Greece remain popular, a boom is predicted for more far flung destinations such as New Zealand and Ecuador.

Abta's chief executive Mark Tanzer said the industry was seeing growing demand for tailor-made holidays among travellers wanting flexibility combined with the security of a package deal.

He said most people were reluctant to give up their annual holiday despite their finances being squeezed, adding that advance bookings for next year were looking "positive".

Mr Tanzer added that forward bookings for luxury and all-inclusive holidays, were particularly buoyant.

Holidaymakers looking for an early break in 2013, meanwhile, have been issued a list of value-for-money destinations by Post Office Travel Money. It names Egypt as the best-value holiday choice with Orlando, Dubai, Mexico, Thailand, Kenya, Bali, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic also recommended.

Andrew Brown, head of Post Office Travel and Money, said the post-Christmas period traditionally saw bookings spike with thousands going online or visiting travel agents to book "spur of the moment" winter sun holidays to escape the wet and cold at home.

He said that was even likelier this year following the recent floods and downpours, adding: "The strongest contender for post-Christmas blues bookings has to be Egypt with its cheap all inclusive packages at three, four and five-star levels."

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