Europe still 'the most popular' for British holidaymakers

British holidaymakers are not letting economic considerations upset their plans for a European jaunt, according to a leading holiday home rental firm.

Courtney Wyle, managing director of Holiday-Rentals, said that although much has been made of the negative effect recession and exchange rates could have on European holidays this year, they nevertheless remain as popular as ever.

According to Holiday-Rentals' figures, the most enquired-about holiday destinations remain traditional European hotspots such as Nice, Cannes, Costa del Sol, the Canary Islands and other sunny locales that are popular with over 50s.

Ms Wyle said: "They are places where there is a higher concentration of second homes, so I think there's lot of holiday homes available, combined with the fact that they are enduringly popular destinations."

The Holiday-Rentals findings have been echoed by those published by holiday company On the Beach, which stated that this year's bookings for holidays to Greece, the Balearics and the Canaries have increased from 2008.

Bookings to the Spanish Costas, meanwhile, have shown a year-on-year increase of 22 per cent following a recent surge.

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