Paris, NYC, Prague top for Britons

Paris remains the favourite destination for Britons in search of a “city break” holiday, with New York and Prague close behind, a major travel agency reported Sunday via Agence France Presse. While the French capital—2-1/2 hours by high-speed train from London—topped the American Express Travel survey for most popular short-break holiday spot, a weaker dollar helped keep New York in the number-two spot.

Prague, in sixth place last year, came in third, followed by Rome and Barcelona, Spain (unchanged at four and five respectively), and Venice, Italy (up from 10 to six).

Amsterdam, in third place last year, dropped to seven; Dubai rose a notch to eight; Dublin slipped from seven to nine; and Nice, on the French Riviera, was a new entry at 10. Brussels figured nowhere in the top 10.

American Express Travel said it also detects a tendancy for short-break holidaymakers to book their own accommodation to match flights, rather than going for a comprehensive package.

“The big demand now is for quality advice on hotels with the best city centre locations,” said Katrina Harrison, American Express’s European travel vice president.