Barrhead Travel is advising holiday-makers hoping to travel to Spain this year to book up quick or miss out. The travel group recently released figures showing that bookings for Spain were up by 48% on last year.

Other European destinations proving popular this year include Bulgaria, up by 22%, Malta which is up 20%, Portugal up 18% and Italy which is up by 17%.

The company has extended its own BA chartered flights programme, which has seen growth in sales to the Mediterranean and has also reported Tenerife as the most searched for destination online.

Faraway destinations have also risen in popularity according to the group with bookings to The Bahamas up by 300%, Saint Lucia up by 165% and New York up by 58%. 

The figures were released at the same time that the travel provider reported bookings to Turkey down by 58% on last year.

Sharon Munro, chief executive for the provider, said: “These figures emphasise just how important it is to book early this year to avoid disappointment. We believe the growth in popularity of the Western Mediterranean is being driven partly by a drop in demand to traditionally popular destinations like Tunisia and Red Sea destinations.

“More customers also appear to be looking for the wider choice on offer to early bookers. Mediterranean countries are also offering lower prices in bars and restaurants, while the pound remains relatively strong too, meaning that these destinations offer extremely good value for money.”

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