Holiday bookings up 50 per cent as Brits scramble for summer getaways as lockdown eases

Suck-at-home Brits have shrugged off coronavirus fears and scrambled to book cut-price holidays. Travel giant TUI said bookings had surged by 50 per cent in the past week, with its boss gleefully declaring: "Summer is saved." The rush came after No10 agreed to open travel corridors with dozens of countries, which will make it easier for Brits to go abroad and tourists to come here without having to self-isolate for 14 days.

While the full list of countries is still being confirmed, the initial phase of travel opening up is expected to involve European nations such as France and Spain, with other potentially more distant locations to follow.

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Package deals in the Mediterranean are now up to half-price as firms try to flog empty hotel rooms and apartments in holiday hotspots. Travel bosses say the huge demand for -staycations in the UK mean it could be cheaper to fly abroad, with some destinations costing as little as GBP150 per head for seven nights. TUI boss Andrew Flintham said: "It's a hugely positive step forward for the travel industry and I know our customers will be ecstatic that their summer is saved.

We've already seen bookings increase by 50 per cent."

Holiday bookings up 50 per cent as Brits scramble for summer getaways as lockdown easesTUi has seen a huge surge in bookings in the last few days

Experts say UK holidaymakers are seeing the best bargains in years. You can currently book seven nights' self-catering for a family of four in Albir - on the Costa Blanca in Spain - for GBP224pp in August, down from GBP363, while a week in Kavos, Corfu, in September costs just GBP145pp. Holiday cost comparison site TravelSupermarket says prices are down by 37 per cent on last year in Portugal, 23 per cent in Majorca, 22 per cent in the Costa del Sol, 19 per cent in the Canary Islands and 17 per cent in Greece.

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The firm's Emma Coulthurst said: "For the height of summer in August, these are some of the best prices on offer we've seen in the outbound market for many years.

"Discounting will need to prevail to encourage people to travel, and destinations are pulling out all the stops to attract UK tourists."

But holidaymakers are being warned that if they contract Covid-19 while abroad, they will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days after -returning home.

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All travellers coming back to the UK will also have to provide -contact details in case an outbreak is traced to their flight, and follow social distancing measures on flights and ferries, such as wearing face masks.

Travel restrictions are expected to be lifted from July 6, but Greece's tourism minister, Haris Theoharis, warned it could be up to three weeks before the country is happy to open up an air bridge to the UK, as talks with their health experts are continuing.

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