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New generation of holidaymakers are broadening their travel horizons

Holidaymakers are considering booking flights to destinations they would not have thought of travelling to 20 years ago

Holidaymakers are considering booking flights to destinations they would not have thought of travelling to 20 years ago, lastminute.com has said.

Citing Egypt as an example, Mark Bower, the website’s lifestyle sales director, said that people a generation ago would "never have considered" the African country as a holiday destination, but that it has now become more accessible.

"You’ve got AirAsia starting their flights next week and obviously they are coming in with a really good price," he said.

"Also, on our top ten list, we have places like Thailand, Australia and the United Arab Emirates."

Mr Bower added that these destinations are "getting themselves on the map", having previously been relatively unrecognised in terms of holiday appeal.

Recent research from lastminute.com suggested that short breaks would feature more prominently among people’s travel plans this year, with 31 percent of holidaymakers saying they were planning to go on a city break.

Almost a quarter (23 percent) said they planned to go on a traditional two-week break in the sun, while exactly a quarter admitted to having made no holiday arrangements.

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