- Biggest sun price jumps:
- Kusadasi up by €101pp
- Costa del Sol + €69pp
- Lanzarote + €68pp
- Gran Canaria + €62pp
- The Algarve + €55pp
- Sun holiday bookings:
- Malta up by 24pc
- Tenerife + 21pc
- Salou down by 32pc
- Majorca -29pc
Prices climbed for Kusadasi holidays last year, which rebounded as an alternative to Spain and Portugal, while prices fell for bookings to Tenerife, according to Click&Go.
The online travel agent has created a Travel Barometer to analyse changes in travel trends from January to December last year Focusing on trends in sun and city destinations, prices year on year, and star accommodation ratings, it showed increased bookings across the board, with growth of 8pc in sun holidays, 7pc in city breaks and 6pc in cruise holidays.
The highest increase in price – €101 per person – was for bookings to Kusadasi, while holidays to Tenerife dropped by €5 a head. City break favourite Berlin was down by €5 per person in 2018 but Budapest trips rose by €24 per person.
The barometer also found that Lanzarote and Algarve holiday bookings decreased marginally year on year, down 3pc and 1pc respectively. However, they remain the company’s top-selling sun destinations, with a combined mix of 48pc of all sun holidays booked in 2018 from Ireland.
The biggest growth for city breaks were Paris Disneyland, which increased by 66pc; Krakow, up by 31pc; Berlin rose by 23pc; and London was up by 18pc.
Paul Hackett, CEO of Click&Go,said: “The Travel Barometer allows us to empirically track trends in destinations and prices, among other statistics, to better understand where the best value can be found and what regions are growing in popularity.
” It’s interesting to see that within Spain, which is Ireland’s favourite sun holiday destination, both Majorca and Salou have experienced significant reductions in bookings over the past 12 months, but a similar favourite, Tenerife, saw a drop in price per person and a 21pc rise in bookings. This points to just how responsive holiday destinations are to price.”
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