Greece and Spain may sell out “within weeks”

Rush to book holidays in safe tourism destinations
Package holidays to Spain and Greece could be sold out “within weeks”, travel deals site Travelzoo is warning. In the rush to book safe destinations, Spain could go in a matter of weeks, while Greece could reach capacity by March, it says.
The rush comes as security fears continue over booking holidays in the eastern Mediterranean. Both Thomas Cook and Tui have now pulled their summer programs for Tunisia.
Egypt has also suffered since the Sharm el Sheikh aircraft bomb last year and ensuing flight ban, while Travelzoo says that some agents are reporting a 50% decline in Turkey bookings.
“With airlines unable to fly to Sharm or Tunisia, they are re-routing to destinations such as the Canaries,” Stephen Dunk, Travelzoo’s European operations director, said.
“The issue is there simply aren’t enough hotel rooms in the Canaries, so we are hearing reports of half-empty planes flying in and out of the destination. A remarkable and unprecedented situation has emerged for the travel industry.”
The changes have been sparked by the impact of terrorism over the last year and are revealed in Travelzoo’s annual Travel Trends report, which surveyed more than 5,000 travellers in the UK, Germany, US, Canada, France, Spain, China and Australia. It shows that 66% of travellers will actively avoid countries that have experienced terrorist attacks in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, long-haul destinations are rising in popularity.
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