Turkey tops Greece as Britons’ preferred holiday spot

by on 30 April 2019

Turkey has surpassed Greece as the favoured destination of British holidaymakers, likely over Brexit-related concerns prompting them to travel outside of the European Union (EU), leading travel agency Thomas Cook said in a report published Monday.

“Turkey has already overtaken Greece to claim the number two spot of most desirable summer destinations,” said Will Waggott, chief of tour operating for Thomas Cook, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror.

A survey conducted by Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, found that 48 percent of its package holiday bookings for this summer are to destinations outside Europe, up 10 percent from last year. Turkey has become this summer’s most popular destination behind Spain.

Ranking number three last year, Turkey now accounts for a quarter of all Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only bookings. Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only bookings to Turkey are up 27 percent compared to last summer, according to the Independent.

Earlier this year, the U.K.’s Office of National Statistics revealed a 537 per cent year-on-year rise to 19,000 visits to Turkey in the first quarter of 2018, said the Daily Mirror.

Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but an impasse in parliament over the terms of Brexit has delayed departure. British vacationers fear their passports being invalid, paying for a visa and long queues at passport control at the EU borders, as well as the weakness of the British pound against the euro, the Daily Mirror said.