Long haul destinations popular over half term

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on February 24, 2011

Brits enjoyed a host far-flung holidays this February half term, despite Government cutbacks and an increase in Air Passenger Duty. According to figures compiled by car rental comparison site, Carrentals.co.uk, long-haul destinations were eight percent more popular this year than they were in 2010.

Cape Town, Jamaica, Sydney, Los Angeles and Auckland proved to be the most popular, according to the website, which also reported a year-on-year increase in demand in half term breaks.

Gareth Robinson, who is the managing director for the popular website, said the increase in interest is probably down the number of special holiday deals being offered by travel firms desperate to attract customers. He added that after a year of turbulent weather and freezing temperatures, many Brits are also desperate for a spot of winter sun.

While Carrentals.co.uk is still receiving many bookings for popular European haunts like Portugal and Spain, interest in destinations in South Africa, the US and Mexico has also been high. Geneva, Salzburg and Munich have also proved attractive however for those looking to ski during the half term holidays.

For those travelling to some of the more popular destinations this year, Mr Robinson advised seeking out car rental hubs in quieter downtown areas in order to avoid the rush as busy airport stations.

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