Many British holidaymakers have opted to book flights to help offset the depressing winter months.

Many British holidaymakers have opted to book flights to help offset the depressing winter months.

According to Visa Europe, around 87,000 tickets were purchased on Tuesday – estimated to be the busiest day of the year for holiday flight bookings.

Every year, the Monday and Tuesday of the second week of January sees a rise in people looking to plan a getaway break. In 2010, over 83,000 bookings were made using Visa cards and the previous year, card holders made nearly 70,000 flight purchases.

Tony Gibbons, head of debit at Visa Europe said: “Many consumers are looking to ‘get away from it all’, especially if they are able to do so at a bargain price.”

He added that “an increasing number of British tourists are venturing further afield” and that flights to Dubai and other Middle East and African destinations are expected to be popular in 2011.

Emirates 24/7 recently reported that Dubai’s chamber of commerce and industry is predicting that the state’s GDP will be boosted by the tourism industry in 2011.

Written by Nichoas Scott.

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