2013 Holiday Predictions

Jan 31, 2013, 04:30 ET from Thomas Cook

LONDON, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Thomas Cook predictions for holidays in 2013

• Canary Islands feature in top five lists for both summer and winter breaks

• 4.5 million people have visited their website since Christmas to catch a glimpse of advanced deals for 2013 holidays

As Thomas Cook's recent surveys discovered, many people decided to stay in the UK in 2012. For many this was the unfortunate result of the country's economic woes while for others it was simply in response to iconic events happening on home soil.

The dawn of a new year means change though. And although there are not too many exciting events on our shores in 2013, thankfully economic predictions are looking more positive. Rather than getting out the crystal ball, the leading travel agent polled more than 2,000 people to put together their predictions for holidays over the coming years.

The complete package

There are plenty of cheap package holidays waiting to be snapped up by lucky holidaymakers. Thomas Cook's surveys predicted that Paris will be the top city destination of the year and they've got plenty of offers to help make this the case. A romantic break in Paris, visiting the Louvre and the Eiffel tower, is perfect for couples both young and old.

Likewise, Thomas Cook predicts that Tunisia will be near the top for winter getaways. Searches are up by almost half (40%) for trips here and with everyone wanting to get away from the terrible British weather cheap holidays to Tunisia guarantee sun on a budget.

Year-round popularity

In addition to these top locations, Thomas Cook also predicts that some destinations will be so versatile that they'll entice both winter and summer travellers. Featuring in their top 5 lists for both summer and winter breaks, the Canary Islands are one spot which is sure to get its fair share of travellers this year.

According to Thomas Cook's research, searches for these islands are up 17% on last year. Whilst Tenerife is likely to remain the most popular of the three islands, Thomas Cook expects its sisters to lessen the gap as searches for Lanzarote holidays have grown by 13%.

The early bird catches the worm

Proving that you can never be too prepared, Thomas Cook has also made predictions for next year's Christmas breaks. For those who missed out on snow-covered scenes this year, winter wonderlands such as Lapland are sure to be popular as searches are already up 146%. For those after an active winter break, ski holidays to Austria and Bulgaria have also experienced increases of 54% and booking early could generate significant savings on trips to these winter wonderlands.

SOURCE Thomas Cook