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Report by Halifax

Tourists this winter expect to save money on trips to winter sun

According to a report by Halifax, British tourists are planning their holidays later in the year in order to save money. Ken Stannard, Halifax Director of credit cards, says: “Low season holidays hold a great deal of appeal for those that are looking to get away but still make the most of their money.” The report estimates that over eleven million people are planning to head out on holidays within the next few months. Travel experts were not surprised by this news as they reported observing a large flux of travellers booking holidays in Greece and other warm locations for the last months of 2010.

Richard Bray of Travelmatch, the online travel specialists, says: “This confirms something we have known for a while. The end of the year is low season and prices come down significantly. Our customers are very savvy in this respect and look to book during this period as they know they can get great deals.”

According to the report, a quarter of people taking holidays during this period are doing so in order to save money. A further 14% believed they could travel further with their money at this time. Additionally, 23% of those surveyed stated they were planning on travelling in order to get some winter sun.

Bray, whose company specialises in helping customers find their ideal holiday, concludes: “These findings highlight the two major reasons to travel at this time of year. First off, with winter settling in, everyone is quite eager to get a bit of sun; and secondly, people want to get the most value for their money. Lots of our clients are booking cheap Zante holidays and other great trips over the next few months for prices that wouldn’t necessarily be available at other times of year. We think this is one of the best times to get away, especially to warm destinations, and it’s exciting to see that borne out in Halifax’s report.”