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Brexit 'yet to hit' UK travel market

Press Association logoPress Association 29/12/2016 Neil Lancefield

A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.

Travel trade organisation Abta predicted that currency fluctuations caused by Brexit negotiations could influence holiday decisions in 2017.

It also expects capacity challenges to continue, with strong demand for breaks in the western Mediterranean.

Survey firm GfK reported that by the end of November, holiday bookings for next summer among UK travellers were 11 per cent up compared with the same point last year.

"As we reflect on a challenging but successful year for the travel industry and look at the prospects for 2017, there are encouraging signs pointing towards a positive outlook for next year," Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said.

"However, when there is so much volatility and uncertainty in our economy, it is difficult to predict what is going to happen to bookings next year, and Brexit negotiations will certainly impact the travel industry."

Abta's Travel Trends Report identified a dozen "destinations to watch" in 2017, including County Kerry in Ireland.

"The intense greens of the landscape, the tranquil beauty of its lakes, soaring mountains, sweeping golden sands and dramatic sea cliffs, once seen are never to be forgotten," the report said.

The area was used as a filming location in the latest Star Wars movie.

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