Beach still favourite holiday hotpsot
20 August 2004, BRUSSELS – Most Europeans still prefer to head to beach resorts for their summer holidays, new figures revealed on Friday.
20 August 2004
BRUSSELS – Most Europeans still prefer to head to beach resorts for their summer holidays, new figures revealed on Friday.
Spain wins the prize of star holiday destination, overtaking France’s rise to the top in 2003. Greece, the US, Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland are also popular, said figures pulbished in Belgium's Metro newspaper.
Portugal’s attraction grew after hosting the 2004 European football championships.
For Germans, Europe’s ‘champion’ travellers, the most popular resorts were found in Italy.
With around fifty percent of Germans choosing to holiday abroad, Austria and Turkey were the next most popular countries.
Brits tend to opt for the more far-flung options of New Zealand, Bulgaria, Croatia and Tasmania.
The Dutch chose to stay closer to home, heading first for France, then Spain and Turkey.
The Spanish are the biggest homebirds, however, with only 8.8 percent heading abroad and the rest choosing to enjoy their country’s own sunshine.
The most popular organised holiday destination for Belgians this year was Spain, although figures were down by 20 percent since 2003.
This was followed by France, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Egypt. In 2003, France was the most popular destination for the Belgians.
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Subject: German news