Mexico is proving to be a hot destination for tourists, it has been revealed.
In recent weeks the number of bookings for the country has shot up by 270%, with Latin America enjoying a bump in general interest as well, according to holiday firm Hayes & Jarvis.
The South American country has benefited from British Airways recently starting a new service to Cancun. Travellers will be able to use the service from a number of airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow.
Peru, Argentina and Chile have also been boosted by strong booking levels. Meanwhile Brazil is attracting more tourists as it prepares to stage the 2014 football World Cup.
Travelling across the Atlantic on long haul flights can be a stressful for some tourists, so for them the option of taking a bus to the airport could be one less thing to worry about.
Hayes & Jarvis commercial director Niel Alobaidi said: “Prices remain exceptionally competitive now and so we expect the heavy demand for Mexico to continue as holidaymakers book early to get good deals.
“Latin America has been promising to explode onto the holiday scene for years but has only recently begun to ignite – helped by the opening of more beach resorts in Brazil at a price British holidaymakers can afford.
“As the focus sharpens on Brazil in advance of the 2014 World Cup and its tourism infrastructure improves, we expect demand to rise, so now is the time to go before prices rise too.”
Overall, the Maldives was Hayes & Jarvis’ best-selling long-haul destination in 2010, followed by Thailand, Las Vegas, New York and Mauritius.
Mr Alobaidi said: “The USA has had a great year on the back of a much more stable dollar exchange rate but the real star of the show has been Las Vegas, where there has been much more competitive flight availability to keep prices low.”
Looking at 14 destinations worldwide, the company said the best seven-night all-inclusive package was to be had in Egypt, followed by Mexico, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Cuba.
Meanwhile, holiday company Jetsave also reported increased bookings to Florida for 2010, boosted by the opening in Orlando last June of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction.
Copyright Press Association 2011