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Turkey Attracts British Holidaymakers

News Posted On: 04 August 2008

More and more leisure travellers from the UK are choosing to visit Turkey, analysts have revealed.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of bookings for trips to Turkey this year.

The organisation believes this is because the strong euro has put people off visiting Mediterranean countries in the eurozone, such as Italy and France.

Since Turkey offers more favourable exchange rates, visitors can enjoy similar attractions at a relatively low price.

Speaking to the Scotsman, ABTA spokesperson Frances Tuke said: "Turkey has been a popular market this year, because it is outside the eurozone and British travellers are now familiar with it."

She added that people are not willing to let the economic downturn in the UK force them to give up their holidays.

This comes after price comparison site Cheapflights.co.uk revealed that it has also seen an increase in the amount of interest in Turkey.

Figures show that in the last 12 months, the number of people looking for information on areas such as Dalaman has risen by more than 17 per cent.

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