Whoever said the Germans are worse than the Brits re the "towel" thing is off their head (although the rumour is funny!
) I have stayed at hotels all over the place where there are no German guests, and people are still up before sunrise to "mark their territory."
Those figures are likely to be accurate or close. Cosmos is to drop the Costa Brava, as has First Choice for next summer. Tui will stay (for the time being) as they have some "quality" units, but the perception is of a "pile'em high, sell 'em cheap" destination for parts of Spain.
People are becoming more adventurous. Also, the tour operators are paying hotels in some of the "new" destinations in the USD, hence very attractive prices for the UK market. Bulgaria and Croatia, amongst others, also represent excellent value for money whilst in resort.
"Where Brits Are Going On Holidays ..." is where I'm not going!
You are lucky. Summer 2002 was to have seen charters to Brazil by Mytravel and First Choice, but they were cancelled after 9/11. A lucky escape perhaps? But you aren't totally safe. Sometime in the future..........
I also read couple of weeks ago that British tourism to Cuba skyrocket on the first quarter of this year compare to last year number, that is one of the reasons why VS is going to start flying to HAV
Tui is aggressively expanding into Cuba for Summer 05 and is seen as a major growth area, as was Bulgaria for Summer 04.
With regard to the Egypt increase, that is excellent new, as it is absolutely stunning there. However, I think this rate will slow quite drastically as they are to implement a new tourist hotel tax (as far as I have heard) which will result in significant price increases. Much of the traffic to Egypt has, in my opinion, been sold at unsustainable prices. I remember 5* hotels, for 7nts including flights, transfers and B+B for under £300. Very attractive deals, but possibly a case of tour operators having to give it away. If the hotel tax is introduced, expect a drop in capacity and a rise in prices to return to profitability and cover the increased costs.