Brexit is pushing more UK tourists to holiday outside the EU says Thomas Cook

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Ten percent more UK tourists are choosing to holiday outside of the EU this summer than last, finds Thomas Cook’s 2019 Holiday Report. Anna Tobin reports

So far this year, 48% of Thomas Cook’s UK package holiday bookings for this summer are to destinations outside the EU, up 10% year-on-year.

Thomas Cook’s 2019 UK Holiday Report shows that Turkey is the biggest beneficiary of this shift. Turkey also accounts for a quarter of all Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only bookings so far. Tunisia is also proving attractive; package bookings to Tunisia have doubled year-on-year and flight-only bookings with Thomas Cook Airlines are up four-fold.

All-inclusive holidays are also being boosted by those customers keen to avoid being caught out by the unsteady pound exchange rate.

“Britain may be living through unique times from a political perspective, however our desire to holiday abroad is clear,” said Will Waggott, chief of tour operating for Thomas Cook, “Thomas Cook’s 2019 Holiday Report reveals that the political turmoil is having an impact in other ways, revealing itself in a clear shift to non-EU countries and a growth in all-inclusive.”

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