Travel industry benefits from England's World Cup loss

Airport news for Travel,Flights on 05/07/2010.

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Interest in holiday travel has spiked in the wake of England crashing out of the World Cup. Online travel site Co-operative Travel puts the potential increase in business for the UK travel industry at as high as £1 million per day, as thousands of Brits look for ways to escape the depression of England failing yet again in its bid for football championship glory.

Lowcostholidays, an online travel operator, reported that traffic to its web site was up by 40 per cent shortly after Germany defeated the England team on Sunday to send it home early. The web server of Travel Republic, another online travel firm, failed under the strain, so steep was the spike in interest from travel shoppers. The company reported that the most popular destination was Spain.

Online travel company Ebookers also reported a huge increase in activity from UK shoppers, with the top destinations in the wake of England’s World Cup defeat including New York, Las Vegas and Paris. The biggest high-street names in the UK’s tour business, Thomas Cook and Thomson, said a weaker euro, combined with England’s failure at the World Cup, had led to a big rise in last-minute bookings. Whatever the exact causes, the UK’s travel industry will be welcoming the major increase in business.

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