Escape holidays planned for royal wedding weekend

by Emily DUNBAR on March 23, 2011

Rather than planning street parties and huddling up in front of the TV, it seems many Brits are planning to escape the UK altogether during the royal wedding next month. The biggest royal marriage in three decades, between Prince William and Kate Middleton, has sent Britons scrambling for cheap deals away.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), the April 29 ceremony, which falls between the Easter and May Day long weekends, has given people an irresistible reason to head for foreign shores. Spokesman Sean Tipton said, however, that it is more the prospect of taking three day’s leave and receiving an 11-day holiday than people’s lack of patriotism.

Many travel firms have announced an increase in holiday bookings during the Easter period, with Thomas Cook and Holidaybreak optimistic about receiving even more.  Chief Executive of Holidaybreak, Martin Davies, said they expect to do good business both out of people coming to London for the wedding and those looking to escape it.

Some holiday companies, such as Classic Collection Holidays, have reported a rise in bookings by as much as 20 percent for those made between January 1 and March 14. PR and marketing manager Andrew Farr said they put the increase down to the royal wedding effect.

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