Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Brits to leave the UK for Christmas

More holidaymakers are heading overseas for Christmas and New Year than last year according to ABTA.

The association estimates that 4.25 million Britons are travelling this year compared to just under 4 million at Christmas 2010.

The 22nd and 23rd December are expected to be the peak travel days.

For some skiing is a priority while others are heading to Canary Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic
and Mexico in search of sun.

Popular for New Year's Eve breaks are the cities of Paris, Reykjavik, Rome, Dublin and New York.

Mark Tanzer ABTA chief executive said: "With all the doom and gloom of the economy it looks like people are keen to escape for a break, whether they are visiting friends and family or looking to enjoy winter sun or guaranteed snow."

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