Spike In European Tourists Planning UK Visit After Brexit

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(AFP) – Online queries for European holiday flights to Britain soared after its voters chose to abandon the EU, travel web sites reported, offering a glimmer of hope for tourism in the country. People across Europe apparently rushed to find bargain trips after the June 23 referendum on leaving the European Union, which tipped sterling into a sharp slide against the euro and an even steeper fall against the dollar. Searches for flights from France to Britain surged 130 percent from a day earlier on June 24, when the results were announced, according to data provided by holiday booking site Kayak, which says it handles some 1.5 billion travel searches a year. Kayak said it enjoyed a similar spike in searches for flights to Britain from Europe between June 24 and 25 with increases of 86 percent from Germany, 102 percent from Spain and 114 percent from Finland. Rival Paris-based holiday booking site liligo.com, which claims four million unique online visitors a month, said web interest in Paris-London flights rose 34 percent from June 23 to 26. “It is too early to say for sure but the first trends we have seen and the devaluation of the British currency suggest