More Brits are planning to get away for the Christmas holidays this year than during the same time last year.

More Brits will be boarding flights to South Africa and other countries in the run up to Christmas than during 2010, according to new figures.

Research by ABTA – the travel association found that 4.25 million people are boarding flights to foreign countries to spend the festive season in another country.

The figure is up on the four million who chose to go looking for some winter sunshine or spend time with family overseas during December 2010.

Others are also planning to have fun on a winter ski holiday by heading to a country with guaranteed good levels of snowfall.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: “Christmas and the new year are amongst the busiest times of the year for the travel industry and I am delighted that millions of our customers are taking advantage of time off.”

Travellers who take flights to South Africa could decide to factor in a visit to Cape Town during their stay, as the city’s tourism authority has stated it is planning the best summer ever.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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