With winter nearly upon us for another year, many peoples’ thoughts are turning to where to go on holiday in 2012.
Data gathered by leading holiday provider The Co-operative Travel has highlighted some interesting trends appearing, showing that there is still a high level of interest in some of the old favourites.
Here are some of the early winners and losers in the 2012 holiday destination stakes.
Compared to bookings taken for summer 2010, Balearics holidays and breaks to the Canary Islands have emerged as particularly popular destinations with UK holidaymakers for 2012.
• Canary Islands
Canary Islands holidays have always been popular, but it looks like these Spanish Islands will further cement their place as a top destination in 2012.
One of the many reasons holidays to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife are a favourite with holidaymakers is the pleasant, year-round climate.
Because the Canary Islands are off the coast of Africa, they make for a warm and welcoming escape from the British weather at any time of year.
More and more families and couples are discovering the real Ibiza; far removed from the 24 hour partying image this Balearic Island has become known for over the years.
Resorts such as San Antonio Bay, Es Cana and Cala Vadella are family-friendly with a wide range of activities on offer and blue flag beaches.
Bookings for summer holidays in Menorca in 2012 are also on the up. While Menorca seems to attract less attention than Ibiza and Majorca when it comes to the UK holiday market, it has a unique culture and history well worth exploring.
People looking for something slightly different from Balearics holidays certainly won’t be disappointed with a trip to Menorca.
Majorca has been a mainstay of overseas holidays for UK travellers for decades. Its popularity never seems to wane, and bookings are already looking strong in 2012, according to The Co-operative Travel.
Majorca’s versatility is one of its main attractions. It provides everything for young clubbers, families and elderly couples to co-exist and enjoy the type of holiday that suits them.
While Egypt’s internal troubles have been well documented, there has only been a slight downturn in the number of bookings to Sharm el Sheikh.
The main destinations to suffer so far in terms of 2012 bookings are the Greek Islands.
• The Greek Islands
Greece has had its own economic and social problems, and it looks like this has had an effect on summer 2012 booking for some of the country’s islands.
The figures from the Co-operative Travel show far less interest in holidays to Rhodes and Kos in particular.
It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue for the rest of 2011 and into 2012. If it does, there are likely to be some great last minute holidays to the Greek Islands available next summer.
Visit www.co-operativetravel.co.uk to find great deals on Balearics holidays and year-round breaks to the Canary Islands for 2012.