With the 84th annual Academy Awards taking place in LA on Sunday, this year’s Oscar-nominated films have inspired holiday makers with their fantastic locations driving them online to search for a similar holiday destination.
lowcostholidays.com one of the top 10 UK travel websites, reports a huge surge in searches for holidays to Hawaii up 70% year on year, hot on the heels of The Descendants. Prices for 14 nights in a 4 star hotel on the Hawaiian Island of Honolulu start from just £1,415 per person however George Clooney cannot be guaranteed to be found on the beach.
Searches for Paris are always popular but with ‘Midnight in Paris’ also nominated for Best Picture, short break bookings to Paris are up 215% year on year. The success of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo has created interest in Sweden with a 100% year on year increase in searches for short breaks in Stockholm where prices for 3 nights start from £275 per person.
www.lowcostholidays.com has drawn up its own list of ‘Oscar’ winners based on holiday bookings and searches on their website with bookings for 2012 already up 52% year on year as more people book their holidays online than ever before.
The winners include Mexico as best long haul destination offering unbeatable value for money, a huge choice of luxury hotels and great all-inclusive deals from just £795 per person in April at a 5 star hotel on an all-inclusive basis including flights. The Mediterranean island of Majorca took the award for best short haul destination with its sandy beaches, fabulous scenery and well kept resorts offering something for everyone.
The award for great value for money for summer 2012 holidays goes to Portugal with a huge variety of accommodation and low cost flights ensuring real value for money holidays. Bookings to the Algarve are up 46% year on year with searches up 51%. Prices for 7 nights in April start from as low as £75 per person including flights.
Best City break goes to the enchanting city of Prague with its perfect mix of old and new with its historic past and beautiful buildings to its incredible nightlife and only 2 hours flight time from the UK. Bookings to Prague are up 185% year on year. Not surprisingly, Florida tops the best family destination award and Sharm El Sheikh wins best all-inclusive holiday.
Commenting on the awards, Matt Hall, Deputy Managing Director at lowcostholidays.com said, “If you’re after true LA glamour and glitz, then head to Los Angeles, home of the Oscars, with prices in May starting from £975 per person for 7 nights at a 4 star hotel including flights.”
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