Travellers’ go to great lengths to find hot spots in 2008
Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK’s leading flight price comparison website, has researched the preferred winter sun destinations for 2008 according to site users. Findings show that Britons prefer to go the distance when it comes to quenching their thirst for sunshine. The ever popular Canary Islands heat up the top ten, followed by the exotic locations of Cape Town and Goa. Old favourites keep the results similar to 2007, however Barbados has risen in the ranks to become this year’s favourite in the Caribbean.
2008’s Top 10 most searched destinations include:
6. Cape Town
8. Gran Canaria
10. Sharm El-Sheikh
After the stress of the holiday season and the lack of any vitamin D filled rays, Britons are seeking sunshine in the solace of beach clad destinations. The Canary Isles of Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria remain the UK favourite for winter sun and why wouldn’t they be? They have year round perfect weather with temperatures that hover between 15-24 degrees centigrade, and are cheap and easy to get to. After the wallet drain of Christmas, they are the perfect place to obtain that sun-kissed glow. And if lying around on their black volcanic beaches is not appealing enough, there are a range of other things to experience including museums, pyramids, mountainous views, and the famously ambient Spanish night life.
For the traveller who would rather venture further afield, the East beckons with destinations like Sharm El-Sheikh, Goa, and Bangkok, all of which offer an island paradise type of holiday with idyllic sandy beaches, scuba diving, and different kinds of sumptuous exotic cuisines and fruity cocktails. Moreover, the city of Dubai, which was once just a stop over to the aforementioned locations has become a holiday haven in itself. This thriving metropolis is juxtaposed by a coastline of white sandy shores washed away by crystal clear, turquoise blue waters and offers an endless number of stunning resorts comprising some of the world’s best spas at very reasonable prices.
Although East is generally considered far flung, it appears that for some travellers it is not far enough. Hence the choice of travel to places like Barbados, Cape Town, and Orlando. The appeal of the Barbadian tropics is obvious as are the shores of Cape Town, but Orlando, while still being sunny and hot, is a slightly different destination to its other top ten counterparts. The initial call of Orlando can be credited to the strength of the pound which means that although the cost of the journey might be pricier than a European getaway, your money goes a lot further once you get there. And for those with families, it is the perfect choice where parents can enjoy relaxing activities such as golfing at Augusta while children are entertained by the rides at Disneyland or swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.
Francesca Ecsery, Cheapflights’ General Manager comments in saying, “January is a great time to grab a bargain. Flight sales are everywhere so travellers have the choice between thousands of destinations at a very low cost. And the end of the holiday season brings on the January Blues which, coupled with this unpleasantly wet weather, makes it a very popular time of year to search for travel.”
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Notes to Editors:
Cheapflights Ltd. Cheapflights pioneered flight price search and comparison in 1996 and has been profitable since launch. The Cheapflights flight price comparison model publishes over a million fares daily from hundreds of sources. This empowers price sensitive consumers to get an overview of flights prices, find the best deals and the companies that offer them. Once a deal is found, the Cheapflights user can click through to a price provider's site or in many cases telephone to the provider's call-centre.
In 2003 Cheapflights launched its successful US site www.cheapflights.com. It is estimated that last year circa US$1.8 Billion sales were achieved by advertisers through deals published on our UK and US sites. In 2006 Cheapflights invested in the early stage Icelandic flights global schedule search and flight planner site www.dohop.com and also launched HOWZAT media LLP, an investment fund for early stage and start-up dotcoms www.howzatmedia.com. In 2007 Cheapflights launched its Canadian site www.cheapflights.ca.
With nearly 6.0 million unique users globally a month, Cheapflights is a leader in flights deals information and continues to develop its unique and highly successful product. Cheapflights.co.uk took home Best Travel Site prize for 2007 at Website of the Year Awards, winning the accolade for the second consecutive year.
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