After looking at popular searches via the site and bookings for July through to end of August, www.sunshine.co.uk has predicted that Marmaris in Turkey will be the busiest destination of the summer, whilst Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt will come a close second.
With resorts in Egypt and Turkey being the two most popular in terms of bookings and searches on sunshine.co.uk, the suggestion is that tourists are more inclined to visit countries that do not use the Euro, despite the fact the exchange rate is picking up slightly.
Search popularity and bookings for the summer holiday period have been taken into account and a list of the top ten busiest destinations had been collated by sunshine.co.uk. Of the ten destinations, five are Turkish resorts and the popularity of Turkey has increased by 53% since the same time last year.
The top ten ‘busiest’ holiday destinations of summer 2010, as predicted by sunshine.co.uk based on bookings through the site, are;
1. Marmaris, Turkey
2. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
3. Benidorm, Spain
4. Albufeira, Portugal
5. Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
6. Olu Deniz, Turkey
7. Icmeler, Turkey
8. Palma Nova, Majorca
9. Hisaronu, Turkey
10. Gumbet, Turkey
Chris Brown, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, commented on the destinations;
“I think the fact that five out of the ten busiest holiday destinations are Turkish resorts says a lot about the growing popularity of the country. This time last year, Turkey was popular with our customers, but bookings have increased by a substantial amount.
“The costal location, Mediterranean climate and lively feel of Marmaris makes it one of the most sought after Turkish holiday destinations and I very much believe that the reason Egypt and Turkey have risen in popularity is down to the fact that their main currency is not the Euro. Although the exchange rate for the Euro is now picking up slightly, it seems people are still actively avoiding places that use the currency.”