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Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Spain dominates top 2010 travel spots


The top 50 most searched for destinations from UK airports for travel in 2010 have been revealed.

Malaga is in the top spot, moving up one place from last year.
Tenerife and Alicante are second and third, meaning Spain takes the top three positions, according to the data from travel search site Skyscanner.

Spain is yet again the most popular country for Britons to visit, with 11 Spanish destinations within the top 50, five of which are in the top 10.

Orlando is a new entry into the top ten, rising 12 places since last year.
Dalaman holds its position as the 5th most searched for destination for a second year in a row. New York breaks into the top 10, up five positions from last year.

Palma comes in 8th, down one place since last year; Lanzarote is ninth, rising four places, and Geneva is 10th, dropping two places.

New entries to the top 10 are Johannesburg and Cape Town, which will be hosting the World Cup in 2010. Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong also entered the top 50.

Destinations dropping most in search volume are Edinburgh, Salzburg, Murcia, London and Fuerteventura.

Skyscanner co-founder and business director Barry Smith said: “These early indications show that Spain is still by far the most popular destination for British travellers.
“Medium and long haul locations also seem to be on the rise compared to last year, suggesting that holiday budgets may be growing after a tough financial year.”
Skyscanner Top 50:

1.    Malaga, (Spain) [+1]
2.    Tenerife (Spain) [+2]
3.    Alicante (Spain)[0]
4.    Orlando (USA) [+12]
5.    Dalaman (Turkey) [0]
6.    Faro (Portugal) [0]
7.    New York (USA) [+5]
8.    Palma (Spain) [-1]
9.    Lanzarote (Spain) [+4]
10.    Geneva (Switzerland) [-2]

11.    Bangkok (Thailand) [+11]
12.    Paphos (Cyprus) [-3]
13.    Barcelona (Spain) [+1]
14.    London (UK) [-13]
15.    Bodrum (Turkey) [-4]
16.    Paris (France) [+1]
17.    Rome (Italy) [-2]
18.    Gran Canaria (Spain) [+1]
19.    Larnaca (Cyprus) [+1]
20.    Sydney (Australia) [+7]

21.    Johannesburg (South Africa) [New Entry]
22.    Amsterdam (Netherlands) [-4]
23.    Murcia (Spain) [-13]
24.    Dublin (Ireland) [-1]
25.    Ibiza (Spain) [+5]
26.    Prague (Czech Republic) [-2]
27.    Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) [+11]
28.    Auckland (New Zealand) [+11]
29.    Venice (Italy) [+4]
30.    Luqa (Malta) [+5]
31.    Krakow (Poland) [-5]
32.    Las Vegas (USA) [+13]
33.    Cape Town (South Africa) [New Entry]
34.    Melbourne (Australia) [New Entry]
35.    Fuerteventura (Spain) [-10]
36.    Berlin (Germany) [+1]
37.    Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) [New Entry]
38.    Marrakech (Morocco) [-9]
39.    Milan (Italy) [-7]
40.    Dubai (UAE) [New Entry]

41.    Madrid (Spain) [-5]
42.    Hong Kong (Hong Kong) [New Entry]
43.    Perth (Australia) [New Entry]
44.    Edinburgh (UK) [-16]
45.    Munich (Germany) [New Entry]
46.    Salzburg (Austria) [-15]
47.    Crete (Greece) [-6]
48.    Brisbane (Australia) [New Entry]
49.    Sofia (Bulgaria) [-2]
50.    Nice (France) [-2]
by Phil Davies 

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  • Skyscanner Says...

    Hi Guys, The data for this was collected in Q9 of 2009, for travel dates in 2010. Francesca - we will be updating the data each quarter - as obviously not everyone who is travelling in 2010 will have booked their travel yet. This should give us an even better indication for where people are travelling. What this report shows is an early indication of where people are heading in 2010, and how this compares to the previous year. Tim - hard to say why some destinations have gone up and down - your observation about the airport extension could be correct. Also - bear in mind that the interest in some places may have stayed at the same level as last year, but interest in other places has grown rapidly (for example South Africa for the World Cup) - hence the movements in the charts. The full report for this can be found here: Sam

    By Sam Baldwin, Monday, January 11, 2010

  • Where is Greece

    Depending on the dates of this survey surely the figures would be distorted as many people are seeking ski and winter sun holidays. So the survey needs to be updated regularly and hope to see Greece featured next time. Especially KEFALONIA

    By Francesca Roe, Monday, January 11, 2010

  • Fuerteventura

    I find it very difficult to believe that Fuerteventura has slipped 10 places from the UK Skyscanner search engines.. Is this because that now Fuerteventura airport extension is now almost complete and new budget airlines are coming tp Fuerteventura that UK Holidaymakers are booking direct with these and getting real Budget travel?? Tim

    By Tim Amy, Friday, January 8, 2010

  • Scandinavia

    Wonder why Scandinavian destionations are not even on the list?

    By Britt-Marie Andr-©n, Thursday, January 7, 2010

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