Holiday Brits prepare to escape UK on Royal Wedding weekend

Holiday Brits prepare to escape UK on Royal Wedding weekend

Thousands of British holidaymakers are gearing up to leave the country on the week of the Royal Wedding, according to new research from Hotels.com. The hotel accommodation provider revealed searches on its UK site for the week ending 29 April - the day of the ceremony - are up by 212 percent compared to the same period last year. Searches made between 1-17 January for the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife are up 154 percent compared to the same period in 2010. Marrakech in Morocco is also building on its 2010 popularity with a 235 percent year on year increase and Portugal’s balmy climes are also looking popular with searches up by 147 percent. Further afield Cancun, the gateway to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, has also seen a 125 percent search rise. “The Royal Wedding is a win-win for inbound and outbound tourism, placing London in the spotlight for overseas visitors and Brits able to take advantage of the extra holiday to enjoy a dose of sunshine,” said Alison Couper, global communications director at Hotels.com. “With global media coverage of the nuptials, watching the historic occasion from the comfort of a sun lounger may be the perfect solution for sun-starved Brits.” As British holidaymakers flee, meanwhile, London looks set to experience a bumper year for inbound tourism with searches on Hotels.com overseas sites up year on year. Visitors from the US seem the keenest to experience a taste of Royal Wedding fever with searches for the capital up by 189 percent compared to the same period in 2010.

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