How Brexit is Affecting Leeds’ Holidaymakers this Summer

Brits are increasingly choosing to visit non-EU holiday destinations this year and we can reveal whether this is a result of Brexit or just sheer coincidence.

Exclusive by Emily Hartley and Kacper Misiarz

Tourist man sitting on swing at the beach, Thailand : Stock Photo

The uncertainty which has built up over the last two years of negotiations has been prolonged by the Brexit extension until October 31st.

According to Thomas Cook, the ‘political turmoil’ is to blame for the 48% of summer breaks booked outside the European Union this year, compared to 38% last year.

It’s thought that the change in value of the British pound may well be a factor for the switch in holiday destinations and although Spain remains the top destination for sun seekers, there’s been a surge of bookings to countries outside the EU.

This year, the tour operator saw over a 25% increase in flight-only bookings to Turkey, making it the second top holiday destination. There’s also been a huge rise of bookings to Tunisia, which has become the seventh most popular Thomas Cook holiday destination, making it a firm favourite again after the 2014 Sousse attacks.

We asked Leeds residents if Brexit had impacted their holiday plans for this year. Engineer, James Allister, 49, and HMRC’s Joanna Bennour, 47, revealed contrary views to the current popular opinion and Joanna speaks of the minor implications potentially caused by Brexit:

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