Prices slashed on holiday packages

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Car Rental News - 04/07/2011


Holidaymakers have their pick of big bargains on last-minute holiday packages.

Britons battling against economic pressures can look forward to cheaper holidays, as a raft of heavily-discounted package holidays hits the market. Travel firms desperate to generate business were last night offering discounts of as much as 60 per cent to clear hundreds of thousands of unsold holidays in popular sun spots.

As rival travel companies launch a price war, millions of shoppers who are waiting until the last moment to book their travel stand to enjoy huge price cuts. The average saving available ranges from 10 per cent to 30 per cent.

One industry observer says cash-strapped Brits who had resigned themselves to missing a big holiday this year could find that shopping around puts a package deal within reach. Bob Atkinson says so many foreign holidays remain unsold that travel firms are offering savings of as much as 60 per cent.

As Mr Atkinson of Travelsupermarket points out, the more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the more you are likely to save. The best bargains are available for those who are open to doing something different, such as self-catering instead of a three-star hotel.

The travel-industry’s pain is definitely the budget-minded traveller’s gain. Some people may well find holidays abroad more affordable than they ever imagined possible.

All-inclusive European holiday packages, with accommodation in three-star hotels are currently available for as little as £300. Airlines, tour operators and tourism destinations have struggled for a couple of years against a global recession, a series of natural disasters and waves of regional instability.

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