The Travel group ABTA has urged tourists wanting to visit the Costa del Sol, to book their holidays especially early this year to avoid missing out as holiday bookings for Spain and Portugal soar.

Holiday reservations to the Costa del Sol this year have increased by 27% and Portugal by 32%. The rise in the number of bookings could be attributed to recent terror incidents in destinations like Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey, as well as changes to travel advice from the Foreign Office.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive, said “the significant increase in summer holiday bookings to western Mediterranean destinations is also being mirrored in other Northern European markets”, reported The Telegraph.

A number of airlines have already begun diverting flights from high-risk countries, including well known budget airline Thomas Cook who have disclosed earlier this week that 400,000 seats, originally meant for Turkey, have been diverted to Spain.

There were 68.1 million foreign travellers who visited Spain last year, nearly 5% more than the previous year, and this number is expected to increase this year. Spain, in particular the Costa del Sol, is currently the “most searched for Destination” on TravelSupermarket, according to travel expert Bob Atkinson who works for the price comparison site. But with an increase in demand so does the price of holidays and flights to ‘safer eurozones’.

“The travel industry works on supply and demand so if the demand is high, prices tend to rise.

“Conversely, there has been a drop off with places like Turkey and Egypt. Those places which have seen a drop off in business will of course lower their prices to attract customers.” A spokesperson for ABTA told the Telegraph.

And this is what ‘makes it more important than ever that customers book early to obtain the best value and ensure they get the holiday of their choice’, said Tanzer.

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