England’s early exit sparks holiday surge

England’s early exit sparks holiday surge

People in England are packing their bags and jetting abroad in the wake of the nation’s early exit from the summer’s football tournament.

A number of tour operators and airlines have reported a strong surge in bookings overseas since Roy Hodgson’s men fell at the first hurdle in Brazil – marking the first wave of the great British getaway.

Thomas Cook, for instance, revealed a strong day of trading on Saturday, the day after Costa Rica beat Italy to confirm England’s elimination.

A fair proportion of the customers booking holidays in store are said to have cited the early exit from the competition as the main reason for opting for an immediate break.

The holiday giant added that those browsing for a summer break online sent traffic soaring to double the level seen just a week earlier, with Britons opting to spend their holiday money on beach resorts and rooms with a view.

Budget airline EasyJet, meanwhile, also reported a jump in bookings over the weekend.

It revealed flight sales were up year-on-year after England failed to make it out of the group stages of the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Budget airline easyJet added that bookings following England’s exit were up year on year and they are preparing for a busy week ahead.

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