The growth in trips to Spain shows no sign of abating according to youhotels.com as forward sales for winter show significant year-on-year growth.This summer Spain has led the way for the trade-only accommodation provider with latest figures showing growth of 18% year-on-year for Mallorca, 36% for Ibiza, 28% for Fuerteventura, and 38% for the Costa Dorada. Sales for Costa Blanca are up 47% for the coming winter season compared to the same time last year, with Majorca sales up more than 10% and bookings for Costa Dorada more than double levels seen in 2010.
The company's head of UK sales, Liz Garfield, said: “Spain has seen a real resurgence in popularity this year as customers have returned to the western Mediterranean resorts in droves - and this is set to continue into the winter months too it seems. “We’re expecting to see even more growth for the Canary Islands in particular as we get to late August/early September and people are back from their summer holidays. Winter sales for Malta are also looking very strong with huge growth for St Julian’s, Sliema and Mellieha specifically.”
Meanwhile, the swing towards the western Mediterranean away from the likes of Turkey and Egypt has led to a 12% increase in average booking values for the operator.
Garfield said: “The boom in Turkey and Egypt over the past few years has been well-documented as British travellers took advantage of currency fluctuations and cheaper hotel rates.”